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Inspiring Youth To Lead

21CL collaborates with business and professional leaders to connect, transform and inspire Georgia high school students to become the next generation of leaders through training and hands-on experiences.


5 Reasons to Apply to EarthCare

March 14th, 2018|Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Apply to EarthCare

Written by Youth Ambassador David Qui, Class of 2018, Madison County High School  Thinking about applying to EarthCare: The Leadership Challenge for the 21st Century, but not quite sure? Not

21CL Soars to New Heights During National Youth Leadership Month!

March 7th, 2018|Comments Off on 21CL Soars to New Heights During National Youth Leadership Month!

February 2018 was National Youth Leadership Month and our student-led #21DaysofLeadership social media campaign. Keep reading to find out how our students, alumni and YOU, our partners and volunteers,

Sydnie Cobb: 2018 GA Youth Leadership Award

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Written by Youth Ambassador & fellow GYLA winner Whitney Williams, Class of 2019, Roswell High School Hi, my name is Sydnie Cobb, and I am a senior at DeKalb Early


21st Century Leaders gave me the most unique and wonderful experiences that to this day I consider my favorite. 21st Century Leaders has been the catalyst for many of the endeavors I took on my junior and senior years in high school and all four years of college. I have great comfort knowing I have them as a support system, and I know they will continue to be there for me throughout the years
Maria Flores Blackburn, Tax Associate, Smith & Howard (21CL Alumni)
I really enjoyed participating in the summer programs, which provided excellent opportunities to build business and teamwork skills and network with influential members of the Georgia business community as well as with other motivated high school students. I believe that the program provided a great foundation for my career in teaching me the value of networking and instilling in me the importance of being a team-oriented player in the workplace.
Ben Bryant, Assistant General Counsel, InComm (21CL Alumni 1999)
Learning to network at 16 years old definitely impacted my future. Instead of just collecting business cards like my college friends did, I was building meaningful relationships. I got a full time, corporate job immediately after graduating from college, and even though I was young, I’m sure it was because of the confidence I gained by working with professionals early on
Brandi Harrison, Senior Production Manager, CNN (21CL Alumni 1997)
“21st Century Leaders impacted my life in several ways in high school. Because of my experience with 21st Century Leaders, I felt very comfortable with getting involved in leadership positions in college and beyond, such as serving as President of the Student Government Association at Georgia State University.”
Marcus Kernizan, Consultant, Accenture (21CL Alumni 2009)