Junior Leadership Northeast

Junior Leadership Northeast (JLNE) is a transformative personal and professional leadership development program for high school juniors that provides training techniques to advance leadership skills while increasing community awareness and civic responsibility to affect positive change. JLNE began in the 1987 as a project of the adult Leadership Northeast Class of 1988. It is now guided by Program Director, Jessica Cronauer, and an Advisory Council consisting of a cross section of community leaders and Junior Leadership Northeast graduates. The program has the support and participation of 17 Northeastern Pennsylvania public and private high schools, PSEA, local colleges and universities, as well as numerous corporations and individuals throughout the community.

Junior Leadership Northeast offers students the opportunity to work with adult leaders in their community through day-long seminars held from 8:00am to 3:30pm over a period of nine months. An in-depth curriculum acquaints participants with community needs, opportunities, challenges and resource, featuring several topic areas including interpersonal communication skills, emotional intelligence, government and citizenship, levels of diversity, the justice system, and other community issues. These sessions are held at various locations throughout Luzerne County.


  • Develop leadership skills and encourage students to interact with community leaders, decision-makers and peers from seventeen schools
  • Challenge emerging leaders to apply their new knowledge and skills to community impact projects
  • Acquaint high school students with community needs, resources and other factors that influence the direction of Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • Encourage accountability and empower students to affect positive change in their own lives, as well as the community at large
  • Foster students’ interest in servant leadership and volunteer community service


  • JLNE programs take place monthly from September through April. School attendance credit will be granted for each session attended (participants receive a Program Calendar upon acceptance for scheduling purposes)
  • Programs will be held at various locations throughout Luzerne County (transportation is the responsibility of the participant)
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided at every program, unless otherwise specified
  • Participants complete a Community Impact Project and will be required to attend project meetings outside of scheduled program times

An integral part of student learning is the selection, organization and implementation of a community impact project. This component of the Junior Leadership Northeast curriculum connects classroom learning to the real world as students actively engage in service to the community. Young leaders are challenged to use their leadership skills as they work together to achieve tangible results.

Students participate in JLNE during their Junior year of high school. Applications to the JLNE program must be completed during the Sophomore year and are subject to our Selection Process. Any sophomore in good academic standing from public, parochial, charter, and/or private schools in Northeast Pennsylvania may apply (with permission from their school Guidance Office and Administration).

Junior LNE Class of 2024

LNE Alumni Directory

Crestwood High School

Ashton Amend
John Augustine
Holland Brandt
Kevin Luther
Shreema Rupareliya

Dallas High School

Samantha Berlew
Kasey Bryant
Cora Finn
Gabriella Hodne
Jude Nocito
Elinore Wallace

Greater Nanticoke Area

Joseph Jacobs
Serafino Raggi
Olivia Seery
Ryan Simcox

Hanover Area

Joanna Elick
Charisma Mosely

Holy Cross High School

Zachary Kovaleski

Holy Redeemer High School

Megan Albrecht
Sakinah Bhatti
Sophia Fiedorczyk
Daniel Hughes
Melody Josefowicz
Emily McGowan

Lake Lehman High School

Landen Aritz
Noah Berry
Isabella DeCesaris
Cassidy Gallagher

MMI Preparatory School

Eve Corazza
Isabelle Wells
Colin Woolnough

Northwest High School

Allyson Brubaker
Russel Cramer
Lily Grant

Pittston Area High School

Jacob Aftewicz
Franklin Garcia
Silvio Giardina
Allison Jones
Rebecca Lovett
James Noone
Tina Sudol

Scranton Preparatory School

Madeline Barletta
Jameson Sciandra
Emma Stambaugh

Wilkes-Barre Area STEM Academy

Mackenzie Miller
Aiden Nilon
Elizabeth Sage
Elijah Scaramastro

Wyoming Area

Mia Altavilla
Mario Belza
Jake Bonin
Abigail Butler
Arianna Gaylord
Renee Haddock

Wyoming Seminary

Ava Betnar
Nicholas Delayo
Christina Fawcett
Isis Gonzalez
Summer Larrabee
Avery Luksic
Lucy Ruiz
Claire Griffin

Wyoming Valley West High School

Simona Debru
Damon Iracki
Sarah Park
Lily Romanowski
Dylan Shedlock
Natalie Wilson
Nora Yurko

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the JLNE class, contact Jessica Cronauer at (570) 270-5323 or inquire in your school’s guidance office.