students served since 1989
GA high schools represented
corporate partners annually
students served every year
of students discover a new career field
of students go on to college
of students face barriers of success
hours of volunteer service by students
minority students served
take on leadership roles after attending 21CL

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.


Alumni Spotlight: William K. Holley, IV

September 19th, 2019|Comments Off on Alumni Spotlight: William K. Holley, IV

Our second spotlight for September is William K. Holley, IV a graduate of DeKalb Early College Academy (2016) and currently a computer science senior at Georgia State University. He has served

Alumni Spotlight: Chance Mack

September 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Alumni Spotlight: Chance Mack

Chance Mack is our first alumni spotlight for September 2019! A graduate of Hillgrove High School (2009), and of Georgia State University (2014), Chance currently works as an Enterprise Account Executive

Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Flanigan

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Flanigan

Lauren Flanigan is a graduate of Miller Grove High School (2011) and of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business (2015). She currently works as Brand Manager at Mondelez International


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, CPA, Tax Senior, 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 Manager of Production Operations and Crewing, Turner (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)