Junior Leadership Academy

Junior Leadership Academy

The Junior Leadership Academy (JLA) was created by the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce and is supported by the regional business community.  JLA is a program for students that desire the opportunity to learn more about Fort Smith and the opportunities available in our city.  Students will meet community leaders from area businesses, government agencies, and civic organizations.  Students will be introduced into an environment designed to enhance and develop their leadership skills which will benefit them throughout the rest of their life.

We are currently securing sponsorships for the current and upcoming program year for the Junior Leadership Academy.  If you are interested in being a part of this exciting program please contact Susan Krafft at 479-783-3111 or email skrafft@fortsmithchamber.com.


Class of 2021 Schedule:

Opening Retreat – August 7-8, 2020
Session Dates (all Wednesday)
September 2, 2020
October 7, 2020
November 4, 2020
December 2, 2020
January 13, 2021
Closing Session – February 3, 2021
Commencement – March 3, 2021


Class of 2021 Participants

Micah Alt Southside
Dynasty Andrews Northside
JT Beasley Northside
Jordan Biddle Northside
Mylee Brown Southside
Kent Carlisle Southside
Samuel Carlisle Northside
Josellin Cervantes Future
Kate Coleman Southside
Cecilia Diaz Northside
Kaylee Dolan Greenwood
Sarah Emmons Southside
Nate Fincher Southside
Lindsey Garretson Southside
Chaise Hanna Greenwood
Joseph Herrera Northside
Parker Hewett Southside
Karrington Hogan Northside
Kennedy Holland Greenwood
Thess Holloway Southside
Abby Holycross Southside
Sarahi Ibarra Northside
Madison Jaronitzky Southside
Hayden Leonard Greenwood
Trey Merreighn Greenwood
Noah Ottman Northside
Kim Petty Greenwood
Lexi Phillips Hackett
Noah Ralston Northside
Emily Russell Northside
Urvi Sharma Southside
Braden Springs Northside
Will Stites Northside
Liv Todd Northside
Braxton Waller Southside
Jackson Wollscheid Northside
Inaugural Junior Leadership Academy Class Video