About the Leadership Program

Class VIII

SNAP SHOT of the Leadership Program

  • Nominated by a Principal, Guidance Counselor, Community Leader or students may Self Nominate (the previous leadership class picks the current class)

  • Parent Meeting after acceptance (June)

  • 2 Day Retreat before school starts - August

  • Etiquette Dinner (before the first leadership Day) - August

  • 6 Leadership Days (First Wednesday of each month - Sept, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb & Mar)

  • Run the Concession Stand at InnerAct Alliance’s Red Ribbon Run - Nov 

  • Christmas Party & Lakeland Christmas Parade Participation - Dec

  • Signature Projects: Project Hoco(Fall) & Project Prom (Feb/March)

  • Graduation  - April 

Nomination Process

  • Nominated by either a principal, guidance counselor, community leader, self-nominate, current class is also able to nominate for the next class

  • Application and Essay 

  • The current class will review the essays anonymously and vote on the new class

  • Acceptance Letters are sent out and invites follow for the parent meeting  


Parent Meeting

  • Sign a contract regarding the obligations and requirements to graduate from the program 

  • Go over the calendar of events for the year

  • Talk about Retreat 

  • Talk about UthMpact & Mission Statement

  • Answer any questions 



  • Complete DISC personality profile & receive training on profiles before we leave for the retreat

  • Planning in groups

  • Team Building Activities 

  • Presentations based upon an assigned topic

  • Training on Robert’s Rules of Order & Running a Meeting 

Etiquette Dinner

  • Basic Table Manners

  • Proper Dinning Etiquette for a Business Dinner

  • Networking Tips

  • Mentors/Local Businessmen & Women from Emerge Lakeland & Lakeland Leadership Alumni to join us. 



Leadership Days

  • Volunteerism & the Arts

  • Education 

  • Health & Wellness

  • Law Enforcement & Public Safety

  • Government & Judiciary

  • Business  



Service Projects

  • Concession Stand at InnerAct Alliance’s Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K, & Kids Fun Run (this funds a scholarship that is awarded at the UthMpact Graduation)

  • Project Hoco/ Project Prom – an effort to provide students with FREE formal wear in exchange for signing a pledge to be drug and risky behavior free on the night of prom






In order to graduate, students must attend 5 of the 6 Leadership Days, as well as volunteer at the Red Ribbon Run and earn 30 additional hours through UthMpact and InnerAct Alliance events.


At the graduation ceremony, UthMpact Class Members offer a presentation highlighting activities completed during Leadership Days. Attendees include guest speakers, parents, and community leaders that have supported the group throughout the year. Graduates of the program are announced, and seniors are recognized for their contributions. Scholarships are also awarded, along with a special “Lasting Impact” award that is given to an undergraduate who has shown exceptional vision for the future of UthMpact and made significant contributions to its success.