What is TOTAL? The Total Leadership Program in Tipton County is a joint project of the Covington-Tipton County and South Tipton County Chambers of Commerce. The program commenced in 1998 and was later developed for youth with the same concept. TOTAL provides a learning experience to help develop community awareness and leadership skills. The program focuses on current issues and concerns in Tipton County.
What is the Benefit? TOTAL provides a better understanding of the community. Participants will become motivated to discover their own leadership traits and become better informed, committed and qualified individuals who can contribute unique knowledge and skills to Tipton County.
Objectives. To identify, train and nurture potential leaders who might otherwise not be recognized; to further enhance and develop communication, decision making skills, and varying approaches to leadership; to encourage initiative and creativity; to have an increased awareness of community needs, opportunities, problems and resources; to become responsible, ethical leaders committed to active community involvement.
Program Timeline and Information. The program begins in September each year and concludes in April/May of the following year. Sessions include: Leadership Development/Teambuilding, Criminal Justice, Quality of Life, Education, Economic Development, Health Care, and Government. To avoid conflicts, students should compare their schedule with the dates listed for each session.
Participation. Youth participation is open to any high school junior (11th grade) from Brighton, Covington and Munford High Schools, as well as, Tipton Rosemark Academy. They must be residents of Tipton County, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be certified by the School Site Coordinator. Final selection is made by an Advisory Board and is based on involvement in school and community organizations and activities; offices held; and, honors and awards .
Successful Completion. To complete this program and receive your certification, students must commit to attend all sessions. Attendance at the first session, Teambuilding, is required in order to continue the program. The project,"Livin in Tipton" is an integral part of Total Youth Leadership and must be completed. It is not optional.
Tuition. A tuition fee of $150 per person is payable at or before the opening reception. Tuition fees fund about one-half of actual participant cost. Program sponsors underwrite the remaining costs. Costs include meals and transportation to and from program locations during sessions, program materials, etc. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from for most sessions. Buses will transport students from designated places for sessions that include Nashville and Memphis.
Applications. The dates for sessions will be published by August 1st. Please review the schedule prior to completion of application. Applications can be completed online here, printed and signed by both the student and parent/guardian, and then submitted to the school site coordinator for certification. Deadline for submission of application is August 23.
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