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The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Teen Leadership Institute is a program designed to educate through experience and motivate young leaders to take an active role in their community.  Through education, networking, peer interaction, problem solving and project cooperation, the Teen Leadership Institute helps prepare students for constructive and responsible involvement in community affairs, while also thinking seriously about their career pathways.  Since its inception in 1988, over 875 Pitt County High School students have graduated from the program.

The Teen Leadership Institute program runs from November through May, culminating with a graduation ceremony in May.  The program consists of an orientation (November) and (5) five day sessions where students will be excused from school to visit and hear from various leaders in the community.  Students are required to present a final project during the program's final session in May.  The project will be outlined in greater detail during the program's first session.  Each program day has a particular theme and will run from 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Due to testing, their will not be a session during the month of January due to testing and the month of March will be used to make-up any session that needs to be rescheduled due to inclement weather.  Session times are subject to changed based on the availability of community volunteers.

  • Acquire a network of youth leaders in Greenville-Pitt County, which can form an excellent basis for their success in the work and college world
  • To prepare and allow students to participate in the group process
  • Gain an awareness of the need for community service, civic participation, and goodwill
  • Increase familiarity with areas in Greenville-Pitt County beyond their immediate neighborhood and school
  • To encourage participants to undertake leadership roles to improve their own environment
Ayden-Grifton High School
Treyvon Gay
Melissa Navarro
Max Willis
Katherine Yiznitski
North Pitt High School
Irene Alanis
Cara Bligh
Bobbiann Bowen
Isaiah Harper
D.H. Conley High School
Jackson Allsbrook
Justice Crutchfield
Mackenzie Gill
Eli Orians
Andrea Smith
Lucas Wiley
South Central High School
Jahzeer Baker
Precious Davis
Hailee Marshall
Bryson Mascarenhas
Shanana Patel
Elyah Williams
Farmville Central High School
Caroline Breault
Miriam Moreno
Madison Owens
Jasmine Phillips
Mackenzie Ripper
The Oakwood School
Amber Beaman
Lauren Bordeaux
Laura Bauer
Peyton Piscorik
Carter Smith
J.H. Rose High School
Lily Jarrell
Jason Lee
Naterrica Norris
Jeremiah Phillips
Cameron Taylor

All applicants must:

  • Attend a Pitt County High School (Public/Private/Homeschool)
  • Be a rising sophomore or junior
  • Be in good academic standing and have no attendance or disciplinary problems at their school
  • Not have already participated in the program
  • Complete the required application
  • Five (5) students from each school are selected to participate
  • Participants will be selected by their student counselors based upon information in their written application and counselor's personal knowledge of the student
  • Participants’ academic achievements and responsibilities, along with active participation in school functions or membership in other organizations are considered during the selection process
  • Applicants must have their applications turned in by the due date (listed within application) in order to be considered for participation

Students interested in applying for the Teen Leadership Institute can download the program application or pick one up from their student counselor.  The application must be completed in its entirety and turned back over to student counselors by the due date. Students selected to participate will receive notification of his/her selection via mail.  Homeschool students may submit applications directly to the Chamber via mail or email.

Call 252.752.4101 or contact Kate Teel.

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