“It is definitely something every Junior should do.” – Haylee Rickard, 2024 Graduate


The Franklin County Junior Leadership Program is a ten-month program for only high school juniors through the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. This program enhances a student’s skills in leadership, professionalism, communication, and team building. It also showcases what makes Franklin County unique while getting to know other students and community members from the entire county. Junior Leaders are required to participate in community service projects as a group. Through these projects, students will build relationships and truly become a team with a common vision and goal. Not only does it enhance cooperation among schools, it develops a greater sense of community pride. 

Applications for 2024-2025 Franklin County Junior Leadership are now closed.

TWO Letters of Recommendation are required to be submitted with your application:
ONE from a teacher or counselor at your school & ONE personal reference (no parent or relative).

Letters of Recommendation Information:

Thank you for taking the time to write a letter of recommendation for a potential Junior Leader!
We appreciate having your insight during our application process. 

Topics we like to explore include but are not limited to:
How long & in what capacity have you known the applicant?
Are there any areas in which the applicant could improve or benefit from additional training?
How is the applicant’s ability to communicate with others?
Does the applicant complete school work or attend social appointments on time?
Is the applicant active in group participation settings?
Does the applicant have an interest in community affairs?
Do you feel this applicant has the potential for becoming a community leader?

What our Graduates say about Junior Leadership:

“I have really enjoyed my time as a Junior Leader and would encourage others to sign up for this hard, yet rewarding program.”

-Dacota Green, 2024 Graduate

“I would recommend Junior Leadership to any Junior in high school that was questioning if they should participate or not.”

-Regan Gordan, 2024 Graduate

“I am forever thankful for the Junior Leadership Program and everything it means to all of Franklin County, and highly encourage all upcoming Juniors in Franklin County to take part in the amazing program.”

-Ella Colagross, 2024 Graduate

“In Junior Leadership I have improved my social skills, proper communication and etiquette, made so man new friends, and learned so many things about our county.”

-Aaliyah Prince, 2023 Graduate

“I am so thankful for this program because of the friendships, life skills, and amazing ordeals I have been able to experience!”

-Landon McClellan, 2023 Graduate

“Being a Junior Leader made me feel love for my community that I didn’t know I had.”

-Kristian McGlaughn, 2023 Graduate


Congratulations to our 2023-2024 Junior Leadership Graduates!

2023-2024 Jr. Leadership Graduation Slideshow with Quotes
2023-2024 Jr. Leadership Pictures


2024 – 2025 Franklin County Junior Leadership Calendar of Events

Please note that the below events are subject to change. 
E-mails/Snapchat messages will be sent to keep you updated.

(Events listed in BLUE and YELLOW are MANDATORY with NO EXCEPTIONS!)

(Events listed in RED,  required to work a minimum of SIX events)

June 15
17, 20
June 23
Parent/Jr. Leader Orientation | Russellville First Baptist Church (10:00 AM)

Parent/Jr. Leader Orientation | Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (6:00 PM)

Parent/Jr. Leader Orientation | Russellville Recreation Center (1:30 PM)
June 19 or 26Leadership Team Building – Bear Creek Collaborative | Overton Farm | Hodges (9 AM – 2 PM)
July 2, 9, or 10Leadership Skills | Franklin County Chamber Office (9 AM – 12 PM or 1 PM – 4 PM)
July 4Jam on Sloss Lake, Russellville
July 20Watermelon Festival Pageant, RCS Auditorium
July 27July Fest, Vina
August 16Franklin County Watermelon Festival, Russellville
August 17Franklin County Watermelon Festival, Russellville
September 28Founder’s Day, Red Bay
October 1Service Hours Due, by 12 p.m. (noon)
October 2 College Day at NWSCC (does not count as service hours)
October 5Pumpkin Palooza Scarecrow Trail | City Lake Park, Russellville
October 12Spirit of Hodges | Hodges
October 19Spruce Pine Day | Spruce Pine
October 26Franklin County Latino Heritage Festival | Russellville
November 1-30Helping Others Month (canned food & coat drive)
November 10Veterans Day Parade | Russellville
November 18Farm City Banquet | A.W. Todd Centre, Russellville
December Christmas Parades
Dec 2 @ Red Bay | Dec 3 @ Vina | Dec 5 @ Russellville | Dec 12 @ Phil Campbell
(all parades start at 6:00 PM)
January 6Service Hours and Scholarship Resume Due, by 12 p.m. (noon)
January Cattleman’s Association Banquet, A.W. Todd Centre
February 3Job Shadow Day (all day) (does not count as service hours)
February 12Government Day (all day) | State Capital, Montgomery (does not count as service hours)
February 13-16Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts’ Dinner Show | Red Bay
March 13Franklin County Partnership Awards Banquet | A.W. Todd Centre, Russellville
April 12Easter Egg Hunts | Phil Campbell, Red Bay, Russellville
April 14Service Hours and Essay Due, by 12 p.m. (noon)
May 4Graduation Reception | A.W. Todd Centre, Russellville (2 PM)

Service Hours must be turned in by the above dates and times, one of the following ways:
BRING to the Chamber office, FAX (256.332.1740), or EMAIL ([email protected]).
To keep your resume up to date, be sure to take a photo or make a copy of your hours before turning in.

Please note, if you signed up for an event and that event is canceled, you WILL NOT receive credit for the event or for hours since you did not work the event.

For information or questions, please check your folders, E-mail, & Snapchat FIRST before contacting:

Cassie Medley 

Executive Director, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

office: 256-332-1760

E-mail: [email protected]