Youth Leadership

Preparing the next generation of servant leaders

Unleashing the Power and Potential of Youth Leaders

  • Develop a servant leadership mindset and self-awareness skills
  • Learn tools for leading self and others
  • Cultivate a life of purpose and meaning
  • Apply leadership lessons personally and professionally

Youth Leadership Fond du Lac

Youth Leadership Fond du Lac prepares the next generation of leaders with skills and abilities to lead themselves and others.


Two to three junior year students from nine greater Fond du Lac area high schools are selected through a recommendation and application process during their sophomore year. Students meet:

  • October 2023 – May 2024
  • 2nd Monday, monthly
  • 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. CT
  • at community locations in
    the greater Fond du Lac area


Questions? Contact youth@sophiapartners.org for information on the upcoming program year. YLF About_24-25

Students complete a project to benefit the community and learn from leaders throughout the county. Each monthly agenda will give students opportunities to:

  • learn about and celebrate their hometown;
  • design and implement a community benefit project; 
  • develop an understanding of local government and civic engagement; 
  • be exposed to career opportunities in workplaces that exist across sectors; 
  • see themselves as future leaders living, working and thriving in the greater Fond du Lac area.


This program is provided at no cost to the student or school. We rely on donations, sponsors and grants as primary funding sources for this program. The cost per student is $1,000. If you would like to contribute to our program or sponsor a student, donate here!

Program Overview

Sophia believes leadership has the transformative power to create positive change in the world. By providing the next generation of emerging young leaders with the knowledge of how the community works and where its opportunities lie, we are equipping our youth with the skills to become leaders in their families, workplaces, and communities. 

Through learning sessions designed for junior year high school students based on the philosophy of servant leadership, we are investing in the growth of our youth to be leaders who will better impact the world around us. This program provides youth with vital leadership experiences and allows them to contribute ideas and co-create solutions for the benefit of their community.   

Meet your Course Facilitators

With our learning circle approach, participants will teach and learn alongside each other, with the support and leadership of Sophia Learning Facilitators.

Nichole Rusniaczek

Youth Leadership Fond du Lac Coordinator

Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners

Christa Williams

Executive Director and Learning Facilitator

Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners