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Junior Leadership Program Application


Each year DCF partners with the Hardee Chamber of Commerce to offer membership in this program for High School students. The program's purpose is to identify junior leaders of diverse backgrounds, and develop their potential and desire to accept civic responsibilities and leadership roles. 

Program Classes

This program will facilitate open dialogue among emerging junior leaders and current community leaders and will acquaint them with the processes, programs, opportunities and challenges that face our county.   Class members are led through nine comprehensive days over the course of a class year that each  pinpoint focus on a different segment of Hardee County, including: Agricutlure, Business and Industry, Communications and Culture, Education, Healthcare, Financial Services, Law Enforcement, Local Government and Infrastructure. 


● Current student of Hardee Senior High School
● Maintain a minimum of a 2.5GPA 
● Maintain 90% attendance in school 
● Maintain exceptional conduct at school and within the community
● Receive Administration Authroization (Guidance Counselor, Assist Prinicple, or Prinicple) application signature
● Complete and submit a full and complete application

Steps for Applying

● Print and complete the application found here
● Submit completed applications to:


          Hardee County Chamber of Commerce

          135 East Main Street 

          Wauchula, FL 33873 


          Donnie Canary Foundation

          P.O. Box 1044

          Wauchula, FL 33873

Applications for the 2023/2024 school year are due no later than May 31, 2023

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