Emerging Leaders Program

About the Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is available to low-income students going into their senior year of high school at East Allegheny, McKeesport Area, Penn Hills, West Mifflin Area, and Woodland Hills High Schools. Participants are afforded the opportunity to prepare for their future, develop their work competencies, explore hundreds of careers through hands-on experiences, attend field trips, participate in job shadows, and more. Moreover, professionals from major industry clusters speak to the groups regularly and students tour various local universities, training centers, and worksites.

ELP holds weekly sessions during the school day for the entire school year at each of the schools to allow students to participate without taking them away from any extra-curricular activities. Staff meets the students individually at school and/or home on a regular basis to further ensure the special needs of each participant are being met properly. Participants will earn a modest stipend periodically based on participation and goal completion throughout the school year and post-graduation.

If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact the lead for your high school:


For more information, call or email Kaelynn Hillegass at 412-436-9537 or khillegass@hscmonvalley.org.


ELP Outcomes 2022-23

  • 98% of ELP participants earned a high school diploma.
  • 93% of ELP participants entered post-secondary training/education, the military, and/or the workforce.
  • 91% of ELP graduated seniors entered post-secondary training/education.
  • 92% completed the FAFSA
  • 97% completed job shadows/professional informational interviews
  • 84% completed mock interviews
  • 92% completed resumes

Thank you to the United Way of Southwestern PA for support of our programming.

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