About the Program The Midland Young Leaders Challenge with General Tommy Franks is a world-class summer leadership program offering 30 of the top high school juniors in Midland County, Texas, a face-to-face experience with General Franks and prominent Midland leaders.
The Midland Young Leaders Challenge will help to develop leaders who can solve problems and communicate solutions that will propel our world to greater peace, prosperity and mutual respect. The program is built around General Franks’ Four Stars of Leadership: character, common vision, communication and caring. Those core principles guided General Tommy Franks through a 38-year military career.
During the free program, students are presented with ethical and leadership challenges to improve their leadership ability and confidence through persuasive communication, character and leadership development. Attendees will participate in a persuasive speech contest and have an opportunity to earn scholarships as well as the chance to attend the national Four Star Leadership program in July hosted by General Tommy Franks.
2021 Program Updates The Midland Young Leaders Challenge 2021 is currently scheduled for June 16-17, 2021. The deadline to apply is March 20, 2021. In addition, current high school juniors who met the deadline to apply for the original 2020 program will have their applications carried over to the 2021 program, where they will still be eligible to participate even if they have already completed high school. Those applicants will be contacted individually.
All current high school juniors (class of 2022) from Midland County, Texas, are eligible. This includes students from Midland ISD, Greenwood ISD, private schools and home school students.