Youth Leadership Beckley


Through our partnership with Leadership Beckley we are building a resource page for Youth Leadership Opportunities in our area of Southern West Virginia.  Together we want to give area youth every opportunity that we can to teach about resources that are available to help them grow as great leaders for themselves and others.

We will be updating this Youth Leadership Resource Page often with information about area programs that are available to our youth for leadership development.  If you know of or have a Youth Leadership Program that you would like to list here please contact BRCCC at 304-252-7328 or email


Leadership Beckley is a multi-week program sponsored by Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce. This program was established to develop the leadership potential of selected individuals and prepare them for greater civic responsibility and involvement. This program provides a forum for future leaders to develop and connect in the Beckley-Raleigh County community and beyond.

Now that the 20221 class has graduated there is a group of around 100 members ready and willing to be involved in leading our community into the future. Some past graduates are already in positions of leadership and involvement with various businesses, organizations and groups here in our community, across our State and even around the world!


Susan Landis Youth Philanthropists

You are our future leaders. Young philanthropists can and do make a difference in their lives and communities. The National Crime and Prevention Changing Perspectives study observed that “If youth know that their community needs them, they will realize that they can be partners in solving some of society’s most vexing problems and perceive that their responsible action will improve their community and their own situation.”
The Susan Landis Youth Philanthropists (SLYP) is a Beckley Area Foundation program that was created in 2016 to honor BAF’s late Executive Director. This program provides opportunities for youth to experience the three pillars of philanthropy: Volunteering ones time and talents, raising money for the community and awarding money to worthy charities. Adult mentors whose personal philanthropy, fundraising and volunteer activities are notable, serve as leaders of SLYP. 
All mentors are residents of Raleigh County and have served on either local nonprofit organization boards or advisory/fundraising groups for many years.

Learn more about SLYP here

Interact – Rotary Club of Beckley

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Take action to make a difference in your school and community
  • Discover new cultures and promote international understanding
  • Become a leader in your school and community
  • Have fun and make new friends from around the world

How do I join?

Check with your school or contact Rotary Club of Beckley to find out if there’s an Interact club in your area. Contact the Interact club to find out how you can join its next meeting, service project, or community event.

Youth Environmental Program (YEP)

What is it?

The West Virginia Youth Environmental Program is a program sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that provides a challenge and opportunity to the youth of West Virginia to participate in environmental projects in their communities.


The Youth Environmental Program is designed to unite existing youth groups such as 4-H clubs, scouts, kindergarten, elementary, junior high/middle and high schools, FFA chapters, church youth fellowships, and others toward the common goal of Making West Virginia Shine! The Program provides incentive to the groups to actively participate in environmental projects. It creates an interest and enthusiasm for preserving our natural resources with more than $15,000 in cash and other awards including a college scholarship!

How to become involved:

Interested groups can sign up at our website. There is no obligation and no cost to enroll. Each group that enrolls has access to the list of available awards, award sponsors, project ideas, and criteria for reporting.

Learn about the Youth Environmental Program here