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The next generation of East Texas leaders can now apply for the one-time chance to be a part of the Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2020-2021 during their junior year of high school.

“We are building them up to be great leaders here in Angelina County. Not only for their peers, but for their futures,” said Ashley Berry, Director of Leadership Programs. “We are teaching them to be leaders of the future.”

 Applications can be downloaded at, along with a brochure showcasing more info about the annual program. The applications are also available at high school counselors’ offices and the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce at 1615 S. Chestnut, Lufkin. The deadline to apply is April 3, 2020.

Leadership Tomorrow, hosted by the Chamber, was designed for high school, private school, charter school and home school juniors in Angelina County for the seven-month program.

Students in the program have the benefit of learning about Angelina County first-hand, exploring possible career opportunities that exist in this area, and giving back to the community through volunteer service and volunteer projects.

The class year will begin with a reception in October to welcome students and to thank their sponsors. During the following seven months, students will attend a total of five sessions that focus on social services, health care, education, quality of life, local economy, financial services and government in Angelina County. During this time, the students will also work on three community volunteer projects and close out the year with graduation in April.        

“Our hope would be for the leaders that we are developing to have a desire to come back and lead Angelina County,” Berry said.

The Chamber would like to thank the program sponsors for 2020-2021: 

Gold Sponsor – Morris Air Conditioning & Heating
Class Shirt Sponsor – Chick-Fil-A
Silver Sponsor – Etech
Welcome Reception Sponsor – Cherokee Industrial Fab., LTD
Graduation Sponsor – Trent Ashby for State Rep.
Ropes Course Sponsor – Luftex Gears
Doing the Right Thing Monthly Session Sponsors – The Coalition, Walmart and Whataburger
Quality of Life Monthly Session Sponsor – Angelina Beautiful/Clean
Leadership Tomorrow Graduation Dinner Sponsor – Consolidated Communications

For more information on Leadership Tomorrow, contact Berry at or (936) 634-6644.

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