Applications Now Open for the 2023-2024 Lee County Young Leaders

Opelika, AL- (March 14, 2023) The Opelika Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that applications for this year’s Lee County Young Leaders are now open.

Lee County Young Leaders is a county-wide program that aims to nurture and develop positive leadership qualities in high school juniors by giving them the knowledge, tools, and contacts to become successful leaders in the community. 

This program begins in September 2023 and will have one session per month until April 2024. Sessions will cover topics and skills like: Team building, education, public safety, health & human service, economic development, and government. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet area leaders in business, media, government education, and service organizations all while earning a 1-hour Leadership credit to Southern Union State Community College.

Among other criteria, applicants must attend a city or county regionally accredited high school (private or home school) in Lee County and maintain a 3.0 GPA. 

“The Opelika Chamber is proud to lead this joint initiative to help build up a diverse group of thriving students and prepare them for the future. We can’t wait to see what this year’s applicants have to offer. These kids are truly the best and brightest, and we want them to thrive and grow right here in Lee County,” says President and CEO of the Opelika Chamber Ali Rauch.

Each application will be judged anonymously based on application neatness, extracurricular activities, career choice, hobbies, and leadership potential with only 34 high school juniors being selected each year. 

All applicants must submit their applications by Friday, April 14, 2023, to be considered.

The Lee County Young Leaders program is a joint initiative among Lee County businesses, municipalities, and Chambers of Commerce. It is sponsored by the City of Opelika, the City of Smiths Station, Auburn City Schools, Lee County Board of Education, and Opelika City Schools.

For more information about the program visit To apply to join the Lee County Young Leaders Program visit 


About the Opelika Chamber

For more than 80 years, the Opelika Chamber has worked to strengthen the community as the champion of business by building bridges, cultivating community, and elevating business in order to achieve excellence. Representing more than 900 businesses and over 20,000 employees in the region, the Opelika Chamber has been recognized for its operational best practices among 501(c)6 not-for-profit Chambers of Commerce. The Opelika Chamber is one of only three 5-star accredited chambers in the state of Alabama. You can learn more at