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.

Presenting Sponsor

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.


"My son participated in the Chamber's Teen Leadership program.  He came home charged up and excited after each session and found the experience to be amazingly interesting and fun.  Most importantly, when he began interviewing for college he was asked in every interview to share his experience with the Teen Leadership Institute.  This program got the attention of colleges and strengthened Nolan's credentials."

Mary Paramore
Hyster-Yale Group

Qualifications - All Applicants Must:

  • Attend a Pitt County high school (Public & Private)
  • Be a rising sophomore or 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

Selection Process

  • Students (sophomores and juniors only) from each area high school are selected to participate.
  • Selections are made by the Teen Leadership Institute Advisory Board based upon the information in his/her written application.
  • Applications must be submitted by the required due date in order to be considered for participation.

Program Application

Download Application Form

Applications are due by 12 noon on Friday, September 16, 2022.


Please contact Kimber Stone or call 252.752.4101 ext. 2222.