Junior Leadership

Junior Leadership 2023-2024

October 4th, 2023

Program Days:

Orientation- Communication & Etiquette

History & Culture


Law & Order


Local Government

State Government

Manufacturing & Industry

Health & Wellness


Program Graduation

April 10th, 2024

The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce is pleased to extend heartfelt congratulations to the graduates of the Junior Leadership Program 2024! These talented and driven individuals have completed an intensive program focused on leadership development, community engagement, and professional growth. As they embark on the next phase of their journey, we applaud their achievements and wish them continued success in all their future endeavors.

Orientation – Communication & Etiquette

October 4th, 2023

We kicked off our Sampson Junior Leadership program with an orientation and etiquette luncheon! Thank you to all Steering Committee members, Chamber Board Members, CDC/CTE Teachers, Sydney Dunn Etiquette and Emma’s Delights for making our first program day a success! We have an amazing group this year and we’re excited to continue with the program!

History & Culture

October 25th, 2023

Our Junior Leaders visiting the Coharie Tribe as part of our History & Culture program day. A big thank you to Kullen Bell, Greg Jacobs, Philip Bell, Carol Gene Brewington, Brad Brewington, and Caleb Locklear for facilitating this visit and instilling an appreciation for the history and culture of the Coharie Tribe and Sampson County.

Our Junior Leaders visited the Sampson County History Museum and had a amazing and educational experience, with two amazing tour guides, Joel Rose- Museum Director, and Kay Raynor.

Thank you to the Sampson Arts Council and Kara Donatelli, Executive Director, for facilitating a wonderful visit to the Small House for our Junior Leaders and the wonderful services the Arts Council provides for Sampson County.


November 8th, 2023

Junior Leadership Agriculture Day! A BIG thank you to Eileen Coite from N.C. Cooperative Extension- Sampson County for facilitating this great program day!

Thank you to Jim Carr and Anthony Bryan at Prestage Farms – Moltonville Feed Mill for Hosting us and teaching us about their state-of-the-art feed mill and the role of Prestage Farms as a swine and poultry integrator in the contract farming process and the significance to Sampson County and beyond.

Thank you Warren Farms for allowing us to visit their diversified farming operation and learn about their business and the important role that migrant labor plays in our farming community.

Thank you to Don Jernigan from Sampson Gin Co. for taking our group on a tour of the gin and teaching us about cotton production, the operation of a bonded warehouse, and giving us insight into the cotton marketing process.

Law & Order

December 6th, 2023

Our Junior Leaders had an exciting program day! Starting out with a visit to the Sampson County Sheriffs Department with Captain Eric Pope. We then visited the Courthouse with presentations from Clerk of Court- Chris Fann, Assistant DA- Lori Carroll, Judge Mario White, and Register of Deeds- Anita Lane. We ended the day strong with our visit to the good people of the Clinton City Police Department with Assistant Chief, Adrian Mathews.

Local Government

January 31st, 2024

Our Junior Leadership students had an informative day last week as they learned all about our local government and what it takes to manage our city and county. They started the day at Clinton City Hall where they heard from City Clerk — Elaine Hunt, Mayor Lew Starling, Councilman Neal Strickland and Public Works and Utilities Director — Chris Medlin and Stacey Ray, toured the Clinton Fire Department with Captain JD Blackmore and the Wastewater Treatment Plant with Superintendent — Blake Raynor. They finished up with a lunch break (sponsored by Chapel Hill Subway Group) and a visit to the Sampson County Complex offices where they heard from County Manager — Ed Causey, Vice Chair of the County Commissioners Board — Sue Lee, and Clerk to the Board — Stephanie Shannon. Thank you to all who helped make this day a success!