TLR Intro to Leadership 23-24

Introduction to Leadership, CANDLE Rockland

TLR Police 23-24

Understanding the Justice System Part 1: Clarkstown Police

TLR Court 23-24

Understanding the Justice System Part 2: Clarkstown Court

TLR Legislature 23-24

Leadership in County Government, Rockland County Youth Bureau

TLR Public Speaking 23-24

Public Speaking, Rockland Community College

TLR Graduation 23-24

Class of 2023-2024 Graduation

Teen Leadership Rockland

  Leadership Rockland

What is Teen Leadership Rockland?

Teen Leadership Rockland is a leadership development program for sophomore level high school students. The program connects students with leadership potential with peers and community leaders through interactive seminars.

Program Goals:

  • Encourage participants to recognize their own potential and develop leadership skills and tools for improved community involvement.
  • Provide opportunities for students from different geographical areas to develop a level of mutual trust and respect.
  • Foster an awareness of community resources, volunteer opportunities and promote community service.
  • Promote greater understanding of contemporary issues through interaction and problem solving with peers and community leaders.
  • Develop pride in the Rockland County community.

What is expected?

Students are required to attend ALL sessions in full. Please review the tentative schedule below and consider all of your activities and obligations before applying. Business casual dress is expected.

Who may participate?

This program is open to all high school sophomores who reside in and/or attend school in Rockland County and are interested in developing leadership skills for their community and future careers. No current leadership experience is required; a demonstrated ability to take initiative and a commitment to learning are equally important to the members of the selection committee.

What is the tentative schedule?

Almost all sessions take place on designated Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm - 8:15pm. Schedule is subject to change.

Topic Date
Orientation & Introduction to Leadership  October 29, 2024
Public Speaking November 12, 2024
Career Development and Exploration November 19, 2024
History of Rockland County November 26, 2024
Health Services December 3, 2024
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion December 10, 2024
Multicultural Community & Social Justice  December 17, 2024
Arts & Culture January 14, 2025
Leadership in County Government THURS. January 30, 2025
Understanding the Justice System Part 1: Police  February 4, 2025
Understanding the Justice System Part 2: Court February 11, 2025
Making an Impact: Nonprofits and Community Service March 4, 2025
Optimizing the College Experience March 18, 2025
Environmental Stewardship March 25, 2025
Life Lessons: Interviews with Community Leaders April 1, 2025
Graduation April 8, 2025
Snow Dates  January 7, February 25, and March 11

Where are the programs located?

All programs will be held in Rockland County. A list of sites will be provided at the Orientation session.


Participants are expected to arrange their own transportation to and from all session locations. If you are accepted into the program, but cannot arrange transportation, please contact the coordinator, Kristin Ruggiero, at

What is the cost?

FREE! Due to the generous contributions of Leadership Rockland Alumni and local businesses, there are no costs to join Teen Leadership Rockland. Families are welcome to contribute financial support to the program, but it is not a requirement this year.

How can students apply to the program?

When the application becomes available, applicants should:

  1. Complete the application online.
  2. Request a letter of recommendation from an adult, non-family member to be submitted by your reference online at It is your responsibility to ensure that the reference submits by your selected deadline or your application will be considered incomplete.
  3. Participate in a half-hour interview with members of the Selection Committee on Tuesday, October 15, or Tuesday, October 22. All interviews take place in person at Cornell Cooperative Extension (10 Patriot Hills Drive, Stony Point, NY).

Applicants will be informed by email as to the status of their application.

NOTE: Class size is limited. Applicants will only be considered if they submit their entire application online (including the letter of recommendation from an adult, non-family member) by the deadline and take part in the interview process.

View the TLR 2024 Graduation Slideshow for a review of the 2023-2024 program.

Apply to the Class of 2025!

Application Deadline: Monday, October 7

To review the application questions, please view this PDF of the TLR 2024-2025 Application. Note: The PDF is for reference only. Only candidates who apply online will be considered.

Last updated July 10, 2024