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What is HL?
Since 1985, over 1,000 area leaders have graduated from this annual program, representing over 500 area businesses and/or service organizations. The Hancock Leadership program is designed to develop and cultivate all people with a passion to serve our community through a dynamic learning experience that encourages self-discovery, fosters relationships and inspires stewardship. The Hancock Leadership program is a nationally recognized nine-month seminar program that meets one day a month to explore and learn more about the core of our community.
Each class size is approximately 30 participants. The class meets one day a month starting in August and goes on for nine months with a graduation ceremony during the last session day to round out the program. Each session day allows members to explore and learn more about the core of our community with updated information and perspectives ranging from economic development, educational systems, health & human services, public safety and agriculture throughout Findlay-Hancock County. Participants make connections with the community in which we live and work, as well as build their interest in leadership opportunities.
Who should apply?
UPDATE FOR HL
Students who wish to apply can do so toward the second half of their sophomore year. Homeschool students are also encouraged to apply. Hancock Youth Leadership looks for students who are from all types of backgrounds, regardless of their level of prior leadership experience so applicants should not feel intimated to apply!
How can one apply?
UPDATE FOR HL - Include Hyperlinked HL Chamber Site
As previously mentioned, students wishing to apply can do so towards the second half their sophomore year in high school. Hancock Youth Leadership reaches out to school counselor's offices to inform students about HYL as well as to send out applications towards the second half of the school year. You can find the application and deadline to apply as well as some additional information by visiting findlayhancockchamber.com/hyl/. Students who apply will be notified of their acceptance status by the end of the school year.
2022 - 2023
August 19 | Day Retreat
September 20 | Agriculture
October 12 | Recreation, City, & County Infrastructure Day
November 8 | History Day
December 7 | Human Dignity Day
January 10, 2023 | Arts & Media Day
February 14, 2023 | Justice & Law Day
March 14, 2023 | Education Day
April 18, 2023 | Business & Economic Development Day
May 16, 2023 | Public Safety Day & Graduation
Find more information here!
2020 Class Project
Hear from HL Alumni
I have found Hancock Leadership to be more than a learning experience, but rather a life experience. My life has now crossed paths with people I may not have otherwise known. My life has been enriched with a greater appreciation for the components that make up Findlay and Hancock County. I feel I am now better prepared to serve the community professionally, and through leadership roles that may present themselves.” - Brian Whitta, Flag City REALTORS
“Having lived and worked in Findlay for over ten years, I thought I knew a lot of people in the community. When I walked into our first Leadership meeting, I only knew two people in the room. I am very glad to have cultivated the relationships with my classmates over the last year; I feel as though they are quality connections that will last a lifetime.” - Teresa White, Hancock Leadership Class of 2016