The 2012 class of Leadership Carbon, is inviting local nonprofits and community organizations to connect with high school students as part of an initiative to motivate high school-aged residents of the county to become more involved in their communities.

As a pilot for the program, mini-expos will be held at local high schools through which nonprofits and community organizations can interact with students, informing them about opportunities available within their organizations.

There are also plans for a larger-scale expo to be held at each of the Carbon County public schools in the fall. The vision for the project is "Guiding Carbon Youth to Inspire Community Growth."

"There are so many ways to get involved and give back to the Carbon County community, but a lot of students just don't know what opportunities are available," said Cassandra McSparin, a member of the Leadership Carbon Class of 2012 and a media relations specialist. "By providing a forum for students to connect with organizations, we hope to encourage an engaged and thriving community."

In addition to getting involved in the community and learning the value of service, the time students donate to organizations will count toward mandatory graduation projects schools already have in place.

Currently, there are three mini-expos scheduled (Jim Thorpe High School, Tuesday, March 20; Panther Valley High School, Wednesday, March 28; Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Thursday, March 1) with more planned.

Organizations can sign up for expos by contacting Cassandra McSparin at cassandra.mcsparin@rga-pr.com [1].

Leadership Carbon is a program designed to cultivate local leaders for the benefit of Carbon County's future,

Since 2005, Leadership Carbon has been developing leaders on skills relevant to community action and involvement.

Sixty-five individuals have graduated from the program since inception. Many have gone on to become volunteers, organizers and municipal representatives.

More information is available at leadershipcarbon.com.