3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Youth Leadership Rutherford


Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are not open at this time. Applications will open in 2020.



The Youth Leadership Rutherford Program began as a project of the 1993-94 Leadership Rutherford Education Study Group. It was approved as an officially sponsored program of Leadership Rutherford in June 1994, and the first class began in the fall of 1995. The program is an officially recognized school activity by the Rutherford County School Board.

Youth Leadership Rutherford is a personal development program designed to educate and enhance the quality of leadership skills in seniors in high school while promoting community awareness.


Youth Leadership Rutherford is directed by the Leadership Rutherford Executive Director and Business Education Partnership Executive Director. It is currently a private, not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization, existing solely on tuition, private donations and fundraising activities.

Youth Leadership Rutherford consists of a weekend orientation program in September, seven seminar days from October- April, and graduation in May. Each day focuses on a major area of community concern and explores issues of leadership within the context of that subject. The goal of each day is to open the minds of participants to the viewpoints that surround each issue and enable young people to become more visionary leaders.


  • To enhance leadership skills and increase community awareness in high school students

  • To provide students with a practical understanding of major challenges and opportunities facing Rutherford County

  • To enhance the educational experience of future leaders in Rutherford County


Listed below are examples of program topics that are covered during Youth Leadership Rutherford.

  • Teamwork Skills

  • Business and Economic Development

  • Government

  • Courts and Public Safety

  • Industry and Agriculture

  • Human Needs and Services

  • Education


Youth Leadership Rutherford actively recruits rising seniors from all high schools within Rutherford County. A maximum of 40 students have the opportunity to participate each year. Participants are selected on their own merits through an application and interview process conducted by the Leadership Rutherford Council.

Criteria for selection include:

  • High school senior

  • GPA of 2.75 or higher

  • Demonstrated interest in leadership positions in school and/or community

  • Desire for personal growth opportunities

  • Commitment to completion of entire program

The Youth Leadership Rutherford program tuition is $215.00 per student. Tuition covers all costs of the program—meals, transportation, materials, etc.