The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Jr Leadership Program is sponsored by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. The program, which began in 2000, is guided by a Board of Trustees and education advisors from the community.
The mission of the program is to effect positive change in the community by providing high school juniors opportunities to build leadership skills though service learning projects, seminars, workshops and interaction with local leaders and decision makers. 
Class of 2023-2024 Class Day Calendar (Tentative)



Class Day

Sunday, August 27, 2023

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Orientation - Mandatory

September 13, 2023

8:00am – 2:00pm

Team Building - Mandatory

October 18, 2023

8:00am – 2:00pm

Education & College

November 8, 2023

8:00am – 2:00pm


December 6, 2023

8:00am – 2:00pm

Communication & Etiquette

January 17, 2024

8:00am – 2:00pm

Healthy Lifestyles - Health, Finance, Life Balance

February 14, 2024

8:00am – 2:00pm

Civic Engagement - Political and Community Involvement 

March 20, 2024

8:00am – 2:00pm

Lowcountry Day

April 24, 2024

8:00am – 2:00pm

Leadership Carnival & Trusteeship - Mandatory

May 1, 2024




Qualifying Questions

I am currently enrolled as a student in a local school (public, private, charter or home school) and classified as a high school Junior. *
My current GPA is 2.5 or higher. *
I am aware of the program's class days, held during school hours, and agree to the attendance requirements. I am also aware this program runs from August through May 2024. *
I am aware, in order to graduate from the program, I must complete *Eight* Community Service Activities (CEA's) -- four at my school plus four in my community. *
I am aware, in order to graduate from the program, I must actively participate and contribute to the class project discussion and its successful completion. (Your class will determine what your class project will become) *
I am aware, there is a $200 program fee to be paid at the Orientation meeting upon acceptance into the Jr. Leadership program. (There are scholarships available) *

Tell us about YOU!

Extra Curricular and Community Engagement

List below up to five ACHIEVEMENTS (including, but not limited to: honors, recognitions, awards) that you have accomplished. Include academic, school, or community-related activities.
List below up to five volunteer activities or organizations in which you have participated in during the last four years, giving of your time and/or resources to help others.

Personal References

Please provide up to three personal references (Teachers, Coaches, Job Supervisors or Community Leaders) who can speak to your work ethic, dedication and ability to successfully complete the requirements of this program. We need their name and email address to contact them in the spaces below.

Essay Questions

The following are five required short essays. This section counts for 65% of the application scoring matrix. Note, there are no right or wrong answers. We greatly value your opinions.
(We respectfully ask that parents not complete this section for their teen.)
Thank you for applying to the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Jr Leadership Program. 
We will be in touch with information on the next steps in the interview process.