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 OPEN.




“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

“Even though at times getting hours, meeting deadline, and requirements was hard, it benefited me greatly in the end.”

-Harleigh Borden, 2023 Graduate

“Since becoming a Junior Leader, I feel much more prepared for the rest of my high school career, my college career, and for my future whatever that may be.”

-Noah Hester, 2023 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 2022-2023 Junior Leadership Graduates!

Graduation PowerPoint with Quotes
Graduation Picture Slideshow


2023 – 2024 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, 19, 20
June 25
Parent/Jr. Leader Orientation – Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Russellville (6:00 PM)

Parent/Jr. Leader Orientation – Weatherford Centre, Red Bay, (1:30 PM)
June 26, 27
or July 11
Leadership Skills Day – Chamber Office (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM OR 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
July 10, 31Leadership Team Building – Dismals Canyon, Phil Campbell (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
July 4Jam on Sloss Lake, Russellville
July 15Watermelon Festival Pageant, RCS Auditorium
July 29July Fest, Vina
August 18Franklin County Watermelon Festival, Russellville
August 19Franklin County Watermelon Festival, Russellville
September 23Founder’s Day, Red Bay
September 29Service Hours Due, by 12 p.m. (noon)
October 7Pumpkin Palooza Scarecrow Trail, City Lake Park, Russellville
October 11 (tentatively)College Day at NWSCC (does not count as service hours)
October 14Spirit of Hodges, Hodges
October 21Spruce Pine Day, Spruce Pine
November 1-30Helping Others Month (canned food & coat drive)
November 11Veterans Day Parade & Reception
November 13Farm City Banquet, A.W. Todd Centre
December Christmas Parades | Dec 4 @ Red Bay | Dec 5 @ Vina | Dec 7 @ Russellville | Dec 14 @ Phil Campbell
December 22Service Hours and Resume Due, by 12 p.m. (noon)
January 20Cattleman’s Association Banquet, A.W. Todd Centre (Rescheduled due to weather)
February 2Job Shadow Day (all Day) (does not count as service hours)
February 15-18Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts, Dinner Show, Red Bay
March 7Franklin County Partnership Awards Banquet
March 9Cattleman’s Association Banquet, A.W. Todd Centre
March 23Easter Egg Hunts | Phil Campbell, Red Bay, Russellville
March 20Government Day (State Capital, Montgomery) (does not count as service hours)
April 15Service Hours and Essay Due, by 12 p.m. (noon)
May 5Graduation Reception, 2 p.m., A.W. Todd Centre, Russellville

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 DO 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]