Historically, a debutante or deb from the French débutante, "female beginner") is a girl or young lady who has reached the age of maturity and, as a new adult, is introduced to society at a formal "debut" presentation. However, today the South Brevard Debutante Program has evolved to a Leadership Program that trains the next generation of community leaders. The Debutante program takes place during the junior/senior year and is a fifteen month program which broadens their perspective educationally, socially and culturally. The Debutantes are exceptional young women who are selected during their junior year to participate. The candidates are selected by application based on their outstanding accomplishments in academics, community involvement and high moral character. During the program the Debutantes participate in social, educational and business seminars and events. The Debutante season culminates with the traditional Debutante Presentation at the Formal Debutante Ball.