The mission of Junior Leadership Laguna Madre is to increase awareness of community needs, opportunities, problems and resources; and to develop the leadership concept of active involvement combined with integrity as an integral part of community responsibility.
Participants complete applications at the end of their junior year at Port Isabel ISD. Applications require two references, parents permission to participate and approval from the high school principal. The school district reviews the applications based on current school district criteria for participation in outside programs.
Applications are then forwarded to the Leadership Steering Committee and 20 students are selected based on disciplinary and attendance reports provided by the school district, and overall application completion.
Class topics include health services, media, emergency preparedness, tourism, government and STEM.
After 20 successful years, the difficult decision was made to retire the Adult Leadership Laguna Madre program. The Steering Committee reviewed and discussed the program for 4 months before making the recommendation to retire the program. The SPI Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, after great review and thought, voted to support the recommendation on June 14, 2016. The following are pictures of the 18 graduating classes. The 2008-2009 class was cancelled due to Hurricane Dolly, and the 2011-2012 was cancelled to give the Steering Committee the opportunity to re-evaluate the program in an attempt to increase participation.