About the Program

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 and problem solving, the Teen Leadership Institute helps prepare students for constructive and responsible involvement in community affairs.  Participants will have the opportunities for substantive interaction with his or her peers, community based service organizations, institutions of higher education, and professionals from the local community.  Participants in the program learn the importance of teamwork and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a leader.

Since its inception in 1988, 1,136 Pitt County high school students have graduated from the program.

Program Objectives

  • Acquire a network of youth leaders in Greenville-Pitt County, which can form an excellent basis for their success in their post high school careers.
  • 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 of Greenville-Pitt County beyond their immediate neighborhood and school.
  • To encourage participants to undertake leadership roles to improve their own environment.


"I contribute a great part of my high school success to the skills, opportunities, and connections I gained through the Teen Leadership Institute.  There is simply no other program like it.  The TLI is a launchpad for ambitious students looking to capitalize on the opportunities around them."  - Landon Elks, Class of 2023

"I have been using so much of the skills and confidence I learned from the TLI program.  I am so thankful that I was able to participate.  From the TLI program, I learned that if you are fit for the job, then have the confidence to go after it.  The program provided me with a large skill set that has helped me learn my interests and goals."  - Parker Wiseman-Raven, Class of 2022

"My time spent in the TLI program taught me preparation for my future endeavors, how to communicate with peers and elders, and how to see the need for change throughout my own community.  I have felt more prepared when speaking with teachers, in front of groups, counselors, and even with my peers."  - Layne Mills, Class of 2022

"I am so glad that I have the opportunity to be a part of the Teen Leadership Institute Program as it played an instrumental role in my life and in my college application process. It has been a life changing experience that has helped me cultivate my passion for volunteer work, civic leadership, and learn more about myself in the process." - Michelle Saucedo-Trinidad, Class of 2023

Qualifications - All Applicants Must:

  • Attend a Pitt County high school (Public & Private)
  • Be a rising junior
  • Demonstrate outstanding qualities as existing or potential leaders and posses the desire to affect change in their community
  • Complete the Teen Leadership Institute application in its entirety
  • Minimum of one recommendation letter from a teacher, coach, employer, etc. to be submitted to Kimber Stone at kimber@greenvillenc.org

Important Dates

October 10th - Students are notified about their application
October 26th - 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Opening Reception at Pitt County Community Schools Alice Keen Park
November 1st - 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Session 1
December 5th - Session 2
February 6th - Session 3
March 6th - Session 4
April TBD - Session 5
May 15th - Graduation at Pitt Community College


Please contact Kimber Stone or call 252.752.4101 ext. 2222.

Presenting Sponsor

Graduation Sponsor