Youth Leadership Collier Graduates Aspiring High School Students

The Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF) of the Greater Naples Chamber, graduated Youth Leadership Collier (YLC) participants on June 10, 2022 at 5pm at The Players Club. This group of 33 youth leaders completed their program and are now part of the LCF Alumni Association.

​The graduation included the 2022 YLC Distinguished Alumni of the Year, Emily Budd-Schepperly, and a presentation by all graduates, Greater Naples Chamber President & CEO, Michael Dalby, and Senior LCF Director, Amanda Beights.

Each year, rising juniors in high school apply and are selected to participate in this acclaimed program during the summer prior to starting their senior year. Now in its seventeenth year of programming, Youth Leadership Collier’s class of 2022 explored local government, healthcare, law enforcement, business, agriculture, media, human services, environment, the arts, and more. A full list of participants and photos follow.

“Each year I am so inspired to see such high caliber students come through Youth Leadership Collier,” said Amanda Beights, senior director of Leadership Collier Foundation. “To say that the future of Collier County is bright with these future leaders coming through our talent pipeline would certainly be an understatement!”

The mission of YLC is to develop ethical leaders committed to active community involvement. The YLC program empowers students to become effective leaders through hands on experiences and field work with key organizations, while encouraging students to return or stay in Collier County to begin careers and get involved in community leadership.​ There are more than 500 graduates of the program with continued ties to the Leadership Collier Foundation, who pride themselves with leadership opportunities for building a stronger Collier County.

Over the course of 7 days, students attended a weekend retreat, received hands on business and leadership experiences, and attended exclusive behind-the-scenes sessions to understand Collier County’s biggest opportunities and challenges. With the benefit of new perspectives and connections, graduates are prepared to take their places as our community’s future leaders.

Each year a YLC Distinguished Alumni of the Year is chosen and this year’s award recipient was Emily Budd-Schepperly.

The LCF Board of Directors congratulates the following class members of Youth Leadership Collier 2022:
​Inerlda Antoine
Marina Coyle
Michelle Cruz
Nicholas Cunningham
Garrett Eisenhuth
Alexia Espinoza Vlad
Makenzie Falduto
Isabella Fernandez
Camila Fernandez
Meghan FitzGerald
Hannah Foley
Anthony Fonseca Sotelo
Hudson Fry
Kate Gaul
Natalie Gavrielov
Kate Keuler
Sierra Khan
Aydin Khan-Bridgers
Rex Latin
Conner Levy
Amanda Lugo
Heidi McLean
Widely Phillistin
Niki Rajani
Emma Rodriguez
Isabella Sanchez
Krish Sharma
Skye Smith
Woodolph Sylvain
Wiley Thornton
Veronica Torres
Alexis Velasco-Hernandez
Rodrigo Velasco-Hernandez


By Red Gamso | Jun 13, 2022 | Youth Leadership Collier

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