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BIRMINGHAM — With May comes graduation season for schools across the country.
Though the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) isn’t exactly a school, but rather a year-long program for Chester County students, the participants did get to celebrate a graduation of sorts during the annual banquet on Thursday night at the Radley Run Country Club.
The program allows the participating students to attend a full-day class once a month during the school year to meet with industry leaders in the community, legislators and anyone who makes a difference in the county.
“The program is really great,” said Marianne Martelli, vice president of operations with the Chester County Chamber of Commerce. “It is a privilege because I get to meet the best and the brightest of Chester County in our young people – our future and our hope.”
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The “graduates,” who typically range from juniors to seniors, with a few sophomores thrown in, received a certificate for completing the program, a letter of recommendation from Martelli and a certificate from state Sen. Andy Dinniman.
The program also offers the Sen. Robert J. Thompson Memorial Scholarship for any high school senior who is currently involved in or has graduated from YLP.
“Thanks to the students for being involved, engaged and interested and interesting (this year),” Martelli said.
YLP is always looking for new students to join the program, including for the 2016-17 school year.