Leadership York hosted a graduation ceremony for its Future Leaders of York program on May 15. The Future Leaders of York class of 2022 was comprised of 33 high school sophomores and juniors from 21 schools. The 2022 class was the 33rd class to graduate through the FLY program.
The program helped the students develop their leadership skills, such as building consensus to solve problems. It also introduced them to community leaders and educated them about how our community functions.
The students awarded $5,000 in grants to area nonprofits, thanks to funding from the York County Community Foundation and United Way of York County. The class developed the field of interest, selection criteria, and process for requesting proposals. Nineteen nonprofit agencies submitted requests totaling $70,000, making it a challenging task. The students presented checks to the following organizations at graduation: Keystone Human Services $2500, Children’s Aid Society $871.25, Typical Life Corporation $750, and Leg Up Farm $878.75.
Through a generous donor, this year’s class was awarded $500 to contribute to organizations through Give Local York on May 6. The students chose the following organizations to each receive $100: Accountability for Life, Bell Socialization Services, Olivia’s House, York County Food Bank, and Leadership York.
Leadership York’s mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and boasts over 4,200 graduates from its six programs. Those graduates provide leadership to over 250 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government. Leadership York is the primary resource for developing inspired leadership for our changing community. For more information, visit leadershipyork.org.

Wilda Alessi, Executive Director
Email: walessi@leadershipyork.org