Junior Leadership

The Chamber’s Junior  Leadership program is designed for high school sophomores who are interested in sharpening their headship skills, learning more about in their community, and getting involved in community service.  The program educates and motivates participants, while honing their leadership skills.

Chamber hosts the 2019 annual youth Junior Leadership program:  Area high school students volunteer, gain new experiences
Oxford, Miss. – A select group of sophomores from area high schools have been active this spring volunteering their time with North Mississippi Regional Center, Lovepacks, and assisting in the coordination of a blood drive as part of their involvement in the 2019 Junior Leadership class, a program sponsored by the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce.
“The program attempts to identify young leaders in the Oxford and Lafayette County schools,” said Lolita Gregory, Junior Leadership program chair for the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce. “Through the program, efforts are made to motivate them and assist them in sharpening their leadership skills, in the hope that they will exert a strong, positive influence on the future of Oxford and Lafayette County.”
The Junior Leadership Program is sponsored for the third consecutive year by a local business with multiple locations all over the county, Your Extra Closet, owned by successful business leader and entrepreneur Floyd Hubbell.  
Participants in this year’s class from Lafayette High School include: Nya Wiley, Hayden Williams, Nicole Wood.
Participants from Oxford High School include: Ann Lindsey Bolton, Megan Bundren, Ross Cohen, Sally Kate Dabney, Reagan Davis, Jack Green, Caroline Kincaid, Mary Mac Parnell, Sarah Perry, Knox Perry, Carissa Strum, Ellen Williams, Paschal Wilson.
 “The program combines group community leadership sessions with a community project that requires the use and development of leadership skills,” Gregory said. Students participate in training sessions geared toward promoting team building, goal setting, community awareness, volunteerism and communication skills. 
The Junior Leadership program began the first week of February with the introduction of group volunteer projects. Throughout the course of the program, students will have the opportunity to meet and talk to medical professionals, government leaders, University professionals, criminal justice professionals, art leaders, local business leaders and leadership speakers. 
The program will conclude the second week of April with a graduation dinner for the participants and their parents. “At this special event, the participants will make oral presentations, putting their leadership skills to good use,” Gregory added. 
Gregory said, “Through these leadership sessions the students get the opportunity to see the variety of professions and services offered here in Oxford.  Going through this course may give them a better understanding of various jobs and help in making future career decisions. We would love to see these students remain in Oxford in the future and want them to see all our community has to offer.” 
The program started in 1998 and has successfully graduated nearly 475 participants.

Junior Leadership  2019class participants visit Oxford City Hall and have a conversation with Mayor Robyn Tannehill.

Sponsored by:

Your Extra Closet


Training sessions include:

  • leadership skills
  • team building
  • community awareness
  • medicine
  • volunteerism
  • education
  • legal field
  • law enforcement
  • government
  • the arts
  • career development
  • and more!


LEADERSHIP AWARD: (left to right) Chamber Chairman of the Board David Guyton; Mason Bay, from Lafayette High School, 2018 Leadership Award recipient; and Lolita Gregory, Junior Leadership Chairwoman.