leadershipRecognizing that leadership development is an essential element in the process of improving life for all Union Countians, the Union County Development Association has begun its Union County Leadership Academy program. Through this program, UCDA attempts to identify emerging leaders in the schools of Union County, encouraging them with motivational activities, and assist in sharpening their leadership skills in the hope that they will exert a strong positive influence on the future of Union County.

The participants work together in a training course, which combines individual study, group sessions, and actual project experience in using leadership skills. Training sessions include identification of leadership skills, team building exercises, procedures for goal setting, personal profile analysis, network building, and improving communication skills.


Objectives of the Union County Leadership Academy program are:
  • To identify young Union Countians who have demonstrated leadership potential.
  • To train participants by developing leadership skills.
  • To motivate participants by:
    • Increasing awareness of community issues and problems.
    • Involvement in problem-solving activities on current issues.
Applications for the Union County Leadership Academy program are invited from junior and senior students of the New Albany and Union County High Schools.

Applications are reviewed and participants selected by a committee of UCDA members. The number of participants selected is limited to approximately 30 to encourage maximal personal participation. Efforts are made to balance participants according to geography, race, and sex.

Applications should include as much information as possible. However, answers should be limited to space provided.

You must apply online at www.ucda-newalbany.com. Under the “About Us” section of our website you will find the link to the application. Once you complete the online application, a hard copy must be printed, the appropriate signatures obtained, and mailed along with a photo to the UCDA office.