TLR Intro to Leadership

Introduction to Leadership, CANDLE Rockland

TLR Police

Understanding the Justice System Part 1: Clarkstown Police

Mock Trial

Understanding the Justice System Part 2: Clarkstown Court

Leadership in County Government

Leadership in County Government, Rockland County Youth Bureau

TLR Career Exploration

Career Development and Exploration, Rockland Works

TLR DEI Part 1

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, BRIDGES and CANDLE Youth Pride

TLR Graduation 2023

Class of 2022-2023 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. 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 Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm - 8:15pm.

Date Topic
November 28 Orientation and Introduction to Leadership
December 5 History of Rockland County
December 12 Making an Impact: Nonprofits and Community Service
January 9 Emergency Services
January 16 Social Media / Marketing
Thurs. February 1   Leadership in County Government
February 6 Understanding the Justice System Part 1: Police
February 13 Understanding the Justice System Part 2: Court
February 27 Public Speaking
March 12 Career Development and Exploration
March 19 Optimizing the College Experience
April 9 Environmental Stewardship
April 16 Life Lessons: Interviews with Community Leaders
April 30 Graduation

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 Lack of transportation will not disqualify youth from participating in the program.

What is the cost?

The program cost for those who apply by October 9 is $225; the cost for those who apply by September 11 is $200. The fee is due upon acceptance to the program. Financial assistance is available - contact Kristin Ruggiero at for details. Please note that refund requests will not be accepted after the program has started.

How can students apply to the program?

When the application becomes available, applicants should:

  1. Complete the application online at by October 9. For the reduced rate, complete the application by September 11.
  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. The interviews will take place on October 17 and October 24 between 5:00pm - 7:00pm. The TLR Program Coordinator will contact you to schedule your interview within the given time frame. 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 2023 Graduation Slideshow for a review of the 2022-2023 program.

Registration for the Teen Leadership Rockland Class of 2024 is now closed. All upcoming sophomores are encouraged to apply next year!

Last updated January 25, 2024