Future Leaders of Scott County

What is Future Leaders of Scott County?

Future Leaders of Scott County is an event to introduce 8th-9th grade students to county government  and encourage them as future leaders to become involved in the county where they live, whether it be in the political process or in a future career at the County.

What is the process?

The process starts with visits by elected and appointed officials to Scott County schools. A "Local Government 101" presentation is given, introducing students to Scott County government, a brief overview of the event, and inviting students to complete an application to attend the event.  
Based on a number of criteria, 100 students are chosen to participate in the event. These students are matched with Scott County employees as mentors for the day. As much as possible, mentors are chosen to match the students’ interests indicated on the application.  

Selected students are invited to come to Scott County to spend a day learning more about county government by "hands-on" experience with their mentors. 

What takes place the day of the event?

On the day of the event, mentors help students learn about County departments, provide hands-on experience in their specific areas of employment, and, where applicable, prepare the students for their roles in the afternoon activities.  In the afternoon, most students will attend/participate in a Mock Board Meeting or Mock Court Trial, while others spend most of the day at the SCALE Regional Training Facility, where law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, and other public safety professionals receive training.


Thanks to the Commissioners and other elected officials for their support of the program, and thank you to the various Scott County veterans organizations for financial support and for volunteering throughout the day.

How to learn more about Future Leaders of Scott County:

For further information and paper application forms, contact Cara Madsen at 952-496-8169. Note:  The 2019 Future Leaders of Scott County is closed for new applicants.  Check back with us in early 2020!

From previous years...

"I think everyone should apply for this.  The entire day was packed with fun."
Future Leaders 1

"I learned about many jobs I didn’t even realize were out there.  Also how much they really watch out for citizens."

RTF group 2017
"I would recommend attending the FLSC Day to a friend.  It’s a lot of fun!"
RTF 2017
"I learned about all the training that goes on behind-the-scenes that keeps our county safe."
RTF 2017 2
"It was very fun and interesting to see the trial and learn new things I didn’t know about."
Future Leaders 2
"It really helped me learn more about what I want to do."
Future Leaders 3
"Awesome learning experience!"
Trial Group 2017
"This was so much fun, and I learned a lot."
Board Group 2017