OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Leadership Oakland provided professional leadership training and development to 32 high school incoming seniors from 22 area high schools during its 9th annual Junior Leadership Oakland (LO) event. The program was hosted by the Auburn Hills campus of Oakland Community College June 20-22, 2016.

Junior LO is a three-day leadership program featuring subject experts throughout the region, who build upon students’ own leadership abilities. Offered at no cost, Junior LO ignites leadership potential, creates exposure to career paths and provides interaction with a network of business professionals and community leaders.

Junior LOIX participant Michael McLaughlan, a Cranbrook Schools student says, “I am extremely pleased with my experience at Leadership Oakland. I thought the speakers were fantastic, the lessons were insightful, and the students surrounding me shared a similar mindset…I was able to discover that there are people who share a like mind with me. This discovery left me wanting to make a difference in the world.“

The successful three-day experience has benefited more than 200 high school students since its inception.  Participants explore leadership personally, professionally and publicly. Students are challenged to define their own sense of leadership and to create goals for their own future choices. As part of the curriculum in 2016, tours to the Legacy Center in Oxford and Dasi Solutions in Pontiac were offered.

Junior LO was created by the participants of Leadership Oakland’s Cornerstone program. Sponsors include Oakland Community College, Genisys Credit Union, Crossroads for Youth and Oakland County.