Leadership Greater McHenry County (LGMC) youth community leadership program offers area high school students an opportunity to enhance community awareness and knowledge, and to develop leadership skills. This is intended to empower and motivate them to become involved and committed to our community.

We are excited to announce the LGMC Youth Class of 2022



Class of 2022 Calendar - TENTATIVE based on COVID19 restrictions

Orientation |  Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm McHenry County College
Opening 2 Day Retreat |  Saturday, August 7, 2021  and Sunday, August 8, 2021 Glacial Park
Leadership Day |  Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Leadership Skills Development Day | Saturday, October 2, 2021
Law and Government Day |  Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Leadership Skills Development Day | Saturday, December 4, 2021
Healthcare Day |  Wednesday, January 19, 2022
People in Need Forum | Saturday, January 29, 2022
Closing Retreat |  Saturday, February 19, 2022
Graduation Wednesday, March 2, 2022



Criteria to Apply

In order to apply for this program, you must:

  • Attend a high school within McHenry County.
  • Be a sophomore or junior entering school year 2021 - 2022.
  • Have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • Is or has been involved in an extra curricular activity or community service.
  • Commit to an evening orientation session, a two-day weekend retreat, three school days, (these are excused absences), and a final Saturday retreat. (Dates included below)
  • Commit to collaborating with other students from area high schools to meet monthly and complete a community project.
  • Be willing to meet and report to a business or person sponsoring you for the program.


Introduction and Selection Process

Only 16 students, one from each high school in the county, will be selected for this year’s class through an interview process conducted at your school by a member of the  LGMC Youth Committee. All candidates will be scheduled for a 30-minute interview beginning in February. Participants will be selected based on their commitment to school, community, and personal leadership aspirations. The LGMC selection committee will carefully consider diversity to assure the program and community are fairly represented. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in early April.

For more information contact

Marcy Piekos, Executive Director



Next Steps

As part of the application process submit the following documents:

  1. Recommendation Letter 1
    Educator/Business Reference must be completed by somebody who has taught you or served as your employer/manager.
  2. Recommendation Letter 2
    Community Reference must be completed by an adult (Not a parent or relative) with whom you interact. It could be a co-worker, community service coordinator, or a person who works with you on any sport or activity.
    Click on each form below to download a copy and complete
  3. Parent / Guardian Permission Form
  4. Principal Permission Form

Application Fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of $25. Your school may cover this fee. Please talk with your principal to determine who will be responsible for this payment.

It is payable to LGMC and must be included with your letters of recommendation.

Submit all documents and application fee to LGMC Youth Program by February 26, 2021,

P.O. Box 442
Woodstock, IL 60098
Attention: Marcy Piekos


Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, each student is sponsored in order to attend this program.

Class of 2021 Sponsors
Pamela Althoff
Cary Grove Rotary
Laurie Crain
CTI Technology
Cued Forward, LLC
DeFiore Funeral and Cremation Services
Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria &; Pub
Home State Bank
McHenry County College
McHenry Kiwanis
Pet Vet Animal Clinic & Mobile Practice
Prairie Community Bank
Smith Physical Therapy & Running
Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle
Woodstock Rotary