Youth Leadership


Youth Leadership New Braunfels is a program produced by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and its Leadership New Braunfels Alumni Association for tenth and eleventh graders who attend New Braunfels High School, Canyon High School, Davenport High School, or a local private school (residing within the New Braunfels High School or Canyon High School, and Davenport High School attendance zones).

The 2023 class marks the 26th group of high school sophomores and juniors to go through the program, which has graduated nearly 700 young leaders since its inception in 1997. The 2023 roster of 28 sophomores and juniors represent the following local schools: Canyon High School, St. John Paul II Catholic High School, Davenport High School, New Braunfels High School, New Braunfels Christian Academy, Memorial Early College High School, and Canyon Lake High School.


Youth Leadership 2023 Class Roster:

Jillian Allen - New Braunfels Christian Academy
Kristopher Bayer - New Braunfels Christian Academy
Presley Bolado - Canyon High School
Wyatt Buckley - New Braunfels High School
Lilah Dupree - Canyon High School
Garrett Ellis - New Braunfels High School
Liliana Escalante - Canyon High School
Dakota Fisher - Memorial Early College High School
Julie Franklin - John Paul II 
Emily Freiha - New Braunfels High School
Audrey Fulham - New Braunfels High School
Ian Goodwin - Canyon High School
Kate Hanz - New Braunfels High School
Gracie Hoppe - Canyon High School
Ella Jenkins - Canyon High School
Parker Joseph - New Braunfels Christian Academy
Katrina Kilgore - Canyon High School
Catcher Kyle - New Braunfels High School
Elizabeth Lawson - New Braunfels High School
Maya Matthews - Memorial Early College High School
Mckaleigh Mattson - Davenport High School
Brynnleigh Miller - John Paul II 
Megan Ohnheiser - John Paul II 
Houston Phillips - New Braunfels High School
Jack Sciantarelli - John Paul II 
Brixton Shullanberger - New Braunfels High School
Jacob Tuckness - Canyon Lake High School
Landon Yutzy - New Braunfels High School


  • To identify students who have demonstrated leadership qualities or display a potential toward leadership
  • To select a class of approximately 30 participants who represent a diverse group of students
  • To present in-depth programs to acquaint participants with community needs, opportunities, problems and resources, and to allow interaction with community leaders
  • To provide opportunities for students from different environments to know one another and develop a level of trust and respect

The purpose of the Youth Leadership New Braunfels program is to train students in leadership techniques and community awareness. They will become familiar with current issues, community resources, opportunities and other factors influencing the direction of their community’s future. Through their participation in the program, the students will be prepared to make a positive impact on the quality of life in their community. Youth Leadership New Braunfels has graduated over 600 students.

Youth Leadership New Braunfels is a series of seven school-day sessions covering areas such as city/county government, economic development, social needs, personal skills and other key topics in our community. The program also includes an orientation with parents, a full-day retreat and a graduation ceremony. This program will present in-depth classes that will acquaint participants with community problems and resources and allow interaction with community leaders and decision makers.

Tuition for the program is $200 and includes meals, breaks, supplemental transportation and course materials. Sponsors subsidize remaining cost of the program. Scholarships may be available but the participant is expected to personally pay a minimum of $50.