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 2023

LNE Alumni Directory

Crestwood High School

Mia Costello
Emily DelVecchio
Brianna Dessoye
Elizabeth Kozich
Margaret Kozich
Michael Mullisky
Matthew Sklarosky

Dallas High School

Trinity Basara
Shelby Bedony
Anna Dorofeeva
Scarlett Hobson-Tomascik
Elizabeth Viglone
Madeline Youngblood

Greater Nanticoke Area

Allison Brown
Liskeilyn Caceres
MacKenzie Hall
Azariah Muhammad

Hanover Area

Kailey Remish
Miranda Woodburn

Holy Cross High School

Journey Horeis
Lillie Kochis

Holy Redeemer High School

Bianca Barrager
Jacob Considine
Theresa Khoudary
DJ McDermott
Abigail Miller
Jacob Ohrin
Brooke Plucas
Amanda Zemetro

Lake Lehman High School

Hailey Corey
Lucy Honeywell
Jace Hynick
Molly Jenkins

MMI Preparatory School

Jagjit Gondara
Heath Williams

Northwest High School

Landree Burmeister
Jaxon Carle
Pyper Lechleitner
Karsyn Miner

Pittston Area High School

Jayda Eike
Molly Fetchko
Lauren Ivey
Madison Jackubowski
Rowan Lazevnick
Kylie Miller
Taryn O’Malley

Wyoming Area

Diem Kieu Bui-Pham
Cadance Cable
Samara Campenni
Hubert Dixon
Marissa Gacek
Liam Hizynski
Thomas Kearns
Lucy Obrzut

Wyoming Seminary

Paul Stevenson
Abigail Williams
Kexin Chong
Keying Chong
Hayden Vought

Wyoming Valley West High School

Robert John Bell
Ava Elgonitis
Madelyn Evan
Evelyn Saltz
Will Wojciechowski

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.