Leadership Wilson serves to identify, train, and motivate individual citizens in community leadership. Leadership Wilson, founded in 1993, is a non-profit community leadership organization serving the community and educating leaders in Wilson County. Each year approximately 30 participants from the business, education, civic, religious, and government communities of Wilson County are provided a comprehensive leadership training opportunity through experiential learning, daylong seminars, group discussions, field trips and retreats which creates a forum to exchange ideas and discuss areas of interest. Each class presents the opportunity to understand and analyze a particularly important segment of the county, including government, health care and social services, agriculture, business and industry, public safety, education and quality of life.
Youth Leadership Wilson provides training and growth opportunities to a cross-section of high school juniors in Wilson County through a program that values diversity and recognizes differing leadership styles. Thirty students are selected each year to participate in a program that teaches them about their communities, who’s “in charge”, as well as valuable leadership skills. Students do not pay tuition to participate in Youth Leadership Wilson; the program is funded by the adult program. High school juniors must submit a completed application to their school guidance counselor to be considered for participation in Youth Leadership Wilson.