Junior Leadership Program

Junior Leadership Program


Junior Leadership was a vision and class project of the Leadership Wayne Class of 1998-1999. It began with the goal of exposing high school juniors to the many job opportunities in Wayne County and has evolved over the years to include team building and leadership skills exercises.


Since its inception, over 320 students have graduated from this program.


Annually, the Chamber seeks high school juniors to apply for the Junior Leadership Program. This highly competitive process selects 25 high school juniors to participate in:



  • Law and Government Day
  • History Day
  • Agribusiness Day
  • Education Day
  • Business and Industry


Interested students should:


  • Have a solid “B” or above average
  • Possess positive social skills
  • Be involved in school and/or community activities
  • Have a desire to learn more about Wayne County
  • Be willing to commit to 100% participating
  • Have good moral character


Junior Leadership meets for seven sessions from October through May. Participation in all events along with the completion of 10 hours of volunteer service hours is required. The graduation ceremony is held in May. Applications are posted at the beginning of the school year.

Jr. Leadership Committee:

Ms. Sherry Archibald, City of Goldsboro, Chair

Ms. Beverly Boltinhouse, Wayne County Public Schools

Ms. Joanne Honn

Mr. Charlie Ivey, Partnership for Children of Wayne County, Inc.

Ms. Jennifer Johnson, Wayne Community College

Mr. Kevin Johnson, Wayne Cooperative Extension

Mr. Phillip Sexton, Bethel Church

Ms. Abbie Smitherman, BB&T

Mr. Howard Whitfield, Wayne UNC Health Care

Ms. Charlotte Williams, City of Goldsboro

Dr. Ed Wilson, Jr., Ed Council Chair