Event Details

We hope you join us as we honor the accomplishments of 21 dynamic student leaders, all a part of 21st Century Leaders. Be part of the celebration as we officially kick off our fourth decade of service and help us reach our goal to serve even more high school students across the state by connecting, transforming, inspiring the next generation of leaders. Enjoy dinner, live music, live and silent auction and an inspirational evening! All proceeds raised at this event goes directly to support our student programs.

Event Leadership
GYLA Co-Chairs | Corey Dortch, Ph.D., Emory University’s Goizueta Business School & Danette Johnson, formerly WarnerMedia
GYLA Silent Auction | Junior Board of Directors and 21CL Alumni Co-Chairs – Josephine Obiofuma, Emory Law & Melissa Royal, FlexPort.

Saturday, March 28, 2020
6 PM – 9 PM
Buckhead Theatre | 3110 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Business Formal 


2020 GYLA Sponsors



Donate to Our Auction

If you would like to donate an auction item, please complete the form below. If you would like to download the form then email or mail it in please send to:

kate@21stcenturyleaders.org or
21st Century Leaders
Attn: GYLA Auction
PO Box 1125
Decatur, GA 30031

Auction Registration

We will be using mobile bidding again this year. Bidding onsite will occur exclusively through mobile devices, so please come with your phones fully charged. There will be volunteers on-site to assist if needed.

Featured Item

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Honor a Young Leader

Thank you for supporting youth leadership and recognizing an outstanding youth leader in your area. Please be prepared to fill out information about your student, including contact information, as well as answering questions about the student and his/her leadership accomplishment.

You will be able to save and continue this form, giving you a chance to review and come back. Nominations for 2020 are now open. Deadline is November 24, 2019.

Good luck!

Nominate Here

Nomination Requirements:

  • Nominee must be a current 21st Century Leader student
  • Nominee must be a high school student
  • Nominee must be able to attend the awards event
  • Nominee must be nominated by a teacher, counselor, mentor, friend, etc. (nominator can NOT be a relative)

Nomination Process:

  • Just click on the nomination form button below and complete the form in its entirety
  • Be prepared to provide detailed information about the student’s achievements
  • Additional items can be uploaded to the nomination form; i.e. resume, websites, videos, pictures, or articles
  • Nominators may be notified by email or phone with additional questions. Please be responsive!
  • The top 21 students will be selected by our GYLA Selection Committee, a group of business professionals, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 members, 21CL Board of Directors, and 21CL alumni and student peers
  • Nominators will be notified if your student is selected for the top 21 in January

2020 Selection Committee

All nominations are reviewed by our GYLA Selection Committee,  comprised of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 members, 21CL Board of Directors, 21CL corporate volunteers, and 21CL alumni and student peers. Our formal 2020 Selection Committee will be announced later this year.