CANTON, OH (August 20, 2008) - Leadership Stark County is currently recruiting applicants for its fall 2008 Spotlight Stark County program. Young professionals, age 25-34, who live or work in Stark County, are encouraged to apply for the 6-week program that provides personal leadership development, civic awareness and community involvement.


"We're helping to develop the future leaders of Stark County," said Fran Wells, director. "Our goal is to keep young people energized about this community and to keep them active as they grow into those leadership roles."


The Spotlight program is designed to inform, inspire and involve young professionals. The six sessions include the Discover Your Strengths profile, professional training courtesy of The Kent State Stark Office of Corporate & Community Services, connections to key Canton community leaders, a community service project and networking.


Seasoned professionals are encouraged to recommend younger colleagues for the program, especially young professionals who are new to Stark County. Beyond leadership development and community stewardship, the program also fosters camaraderie among its like-minded participants. A full list of participating professionals from the 2006 and 2007 program years is available online.


The program begins on September 25, meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays, generally from 4 to 6 p.m. The short, evening programs are meant to accommodate hectic young professional schedules. Leadership Stark County is committed to recruiting a diverse class that represents Stark County's professional, residential and ethnic diversity. Partial tuition assistance is available.


Applications for the Spotlight program are accepted through September 5, 2008. To learn more or to obtain an application for the Spotlight Stark County program, visit or call Fran Wells at 330-458-2094.