The Youth Leadership Program of Boyd and Greenup Counties increases interaction between businesses and the youth in the region.

The program takes part in sessions designed to educate on community issues, encourage mutual respect and facilitate in a shared concern for a commitment to the advancement of Boyd and Greenup counties.

It is the goal of the Ashland Alliance to instill in these young people the responsibility for their own lives, and the lives of others and society, and to develop responsibilities for leadership in each area.

The program is comprised of 40 juniors from seven high schools in Boyd and Greenup counties and meets once monthly for seven months. Students are granted school attendance for sessions attended.


FRANKFORT, Ky. — A group of students with the Ashland Alliance Youth Leadership Program got an up-close look at how government operates at the state level during a recent visit to Frankfort.

The group, comprised of 17 students from the seven high schools in Boyd and Greenup counties, were in Frankfort on a strict schedule to squeeze in as much as possible in a day. They visited the Kentucky State Capitol and met with area legislators, Sen. Robin Webb., D-Grayson, and Rep. Tanya Pullin, D-South Shore.

The group also sat in on a House session and attend a smoke-free legislation rally.


ASHLAND, Ky. — Youth Leadership of Boyd and Greenup Counties held its 25th Annual Graduation and Banquet on March 25 at The Old Post Office.  It was a great success with 39 juniors from our seven local high schools completing the requirements of this program. During the evening they also gave a brief report on their community projects that they have to complete through out the year. These students did a tremendous job!

Participants in the program are juniors from the seven high schools in Boyd and Greenup counties. They spend one day a month in sessions that focus on such topics as: economic development, government, community improvement, arts & culture, volunteerism and leadership development. The program has two goals: the first is to instill in participants a sense of responsibility for their own lives and the lives of others; the second is to develop leadership skills so these young people can take part in shaping the future of our region.

Youth Leadership of Boyd and Greenup Counties is one of two leadership programs sponsored by the Ashland Alliance. It is also now one of three youth programs of its kind in the state of Kentucky. The two, Leadership Madison County and Carter County Youth Leadership, were modeled after our program with the assistance of Missy McCalvin.

We would also like to thank our committee of volunteers who give of their time to make this program a success:

  • Chuck Williams, Classy Limo – Chairman
  • Jaime Bloss – Ashland Town Center
  • Kim Harrison – Individual
  • Melanie Jannotta – Paramount Arts Center
  • Alice Martin – Town Square Bank
  • Alexis Mattingly – Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Leon Mattingly – Marathon Petroleum Company, LP
  • Ann Perkins – Safe Harbor of Northeast KY
  • Chrisha Spears – Ashland Community & Technical College
  • Brittany Spillman – Ashland Community & Technical College



Morgan Bradley, Andrea Conley, Gavin Couture, Corrie Dingess, Edwin  “E J” Harrison, Emma Hill, William “Grant” Kelley, Kyle McComis, Kaitlin McLain, Reilly McLain, McKinney “Mac” Meek,    Julia Parker, Jarret Sanders, Langley Sebastian, Sydney Sorrell and William “Will” Spade


Heather Davis and Joshua “Josh” Maynard


Rachel Hanshaw, Grace Sluss and Blake Thompson


Kaitlyn “Katie” Adkins, Callie Angel and Sophia Shoemaker


Timothy “Nathaniel” Bonzo, Adriana Flocker, Elizabeth Roy and Madalyn “Maddy” Wilburn


Stephan Barker and Raegan Wallace


Meredith Addington, Joshua “Josh” Griffith, Cameron “Ivy” Markel, Brayden Pack, Isabelle “Kate” Ruggles, Randall “Blake” Stump and Tera Williams


Abigail “Abby” Keeton, Abbigail “Abbey” McBrayer and James “Brett” Woods

  1. Hannah Irvine
  2. Cameron Mullins
  1. Jaclyn “Brie” Gillian
  2. Madison Humphrey
  3. Haley Layne
  4. Tayler Thompson
  5. Patrick “Logen” Thouson
  1. Brandi Ashley
  2. Austin Blevins
  3. Alexandria “Alex” Lacey
  4. Brittany Potter
  5. Samantha Romans
  6. Kalee Rusnak
  1. Charity Collins
  2. Jonathan Dingess
  3. Emily Ford
  4. Cameron Garner
  5. Peter Jenkins
  6. Logan Jones
  7. Maya McKenzie
  8. Ragan Neill
  9. Hunter Prince
  10. Whitney Rudie
  11. Margaret “Maggie” Wonn
  1. Kendall Baker
  2. Austin Baldridge
  3. Makenzie Davidson
  4. Megan Farley
  5. Peyton Hale
  6. Mary Kress
  7. Madison Wilburn
  1. Darion “Paige” Brammer
  2. Olivia Kee
  3. Madison Crum
  4. Jacob “Jake” Daniel
  5. David Stringer
  1. Nadine Abul-Khoudoud
  2. Caroline Briggs
  3. Mackenzie Darnell
  4. Madeline “Maddie” Fletcher
  5. Alexis “Lexie” Frisby
  6. Madison Gallaher
  7. Kenna Kazee
  8. Angela Patton
  9. Kelsey Thomas
  10. Cassandra “Cassie” Woolley
  1. David Bush
  2. Morgan Casto
  3. J. D. Cook
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