Next Leadership Program

Youth participation is an essential aspect in the continuation of community growth and community impact. Research has demonstrated youth can make meaningful contributions to society fostering change in schools, social programs, businesses, and communities.

The Next Leadership Program works with area high school students to develop the next generation of social entrepreneurs and community advocates. Program participants identify issues affecting their community and work to resolve them through entrepreneurship, legislation or community partnerships. Participants engage in workshops, group projects and interactions with community leaders.

Students will gain:

  • Leadership skills
  • Entrepreneurial development
  • Engagement in community issues and development
  • Identification as a Miami University Regionals Next Leadership program participant
  • Opportunity to work with community leaders and businesses
  • Opportunity to work with Miami University Regionals faculty member

Do you have what it takes to be Next?

We are accepting applications for spring 2019 now! Eligible students must live in Hamilton, Ohio or surrounding areas and be in 9th, 10th or 11th grade.

The program meets every other Saturday from 11 AM until 1 PM at the Miami University Regionals Downtown Hamilton campus. 221 High St., Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

Meeting Dates:

  • March 16, 2019
  • March 30, 2019
  • April 13, 2019
  • April 27, 2019
  • May 11, 2019
  • May 25, 2019

There is no cost to students selected to participate in the program.

Apply Now!

For more information on this program please contact Sonseeahray (Sonie) Ross, Assistant Professor, Commerce Department at 513-785-7718 or