KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce announced today its youth leadership program – S.H.O.U.T.!® (Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow) – is accepting applications for its two summer classes.

Two different classes are offered. The first class will be Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 13 and the second class will be Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25.  Students will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day with graduation at 7 p.m. on the final day.

Each day will consist of developing leadership skills and community awareness through interactive programs, speakers and other activities while having fun and making new friends.

The deadline to submit an application for either class is Friday, March 7.

To receive an application, contact Vanessa Bennett at (423) 392-8813 or

Kingsport Leadership Programs oversee three leadership programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

The mission of S.H.O.U.T.!® (Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow) is to develop, in an interactive environment, the leadership skills and community awareness of selected high school sophomores and juniors.

The other two include the senior leadership program, ENCORE (Enrich and Nurture your Community, Offer your Resources and Experience) and the adult leadership program, Leadership Kingsport.

The mission of ENCORE is to inform participants about the community and the opportunities for volunteer service. ENCORE is sponsored by HealthSouth Kingsport.

The mission of Leadership Kingsport is to develop leaders who give life to community dreams.

For more information on Kingsport Leadership Programs, call Vanessa Bennett, director of Operations & Kingsport Leadership Programs, at (423) 392-8813 or e-mail


The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization composed of nearly 1,000 members.  The Kingsport Chambers mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area.

Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include:  Communications & Development; Education & Workforce Development; Downtown Concert Series; Fun Fest; Government Relations; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport ChamberZone; Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau (KCVB); Kingsport Leadership Programs (ENCORE, Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!®); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Membership; Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; and Tennessee/Virginia Scholars.

For more information on the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, go to or call (423) 392-8800.  Sign up for Kingsport Chamber text alerts at  Were social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.