Training the next generation of leaders

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - This weekend, nearly two dozen rising junior and senior high school students will graduate from the Challenge Youth Leadership Program. The program is part of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County.

Public, private and home-school students from Huntsville, Madison and Madison County are eligible to apply for the week-long program. Participants are selected based on character traits such as personal integrity and a desire to serve the community.

Program director Cassie Scott says a heart for service is essential to any leader. "If they don't know how to serve others, then they're going to be a pseudo-leader. They're not going to know how to move our community forward."

The Challenge curriculum changes from year to year but topics include team-building, government and the history of Huntsville, Madison and Madison County.

This is the 20th year the Challenge Youth Leadership Program has been offered in Huntsville. A similar program for rising 9th and 10th graders was held in June.