Georgia Youth Leadership Awards (GYLA) is 21CL’s signature fundraising event honoring and celebrating 20 outstanding high school leaders from across the state. Since 2008, the Georgia Youth Leadership Awards (GYLA) has been 21CL’s signature fundraising event. It is the culmination of the multi-platform student- led and focused “Let Youth Voices Be Heard” awareness campaign during National Youth Leadership Month in February.
During an evening of dinner and entertainment, 21CL honors the significant and impactful contributions of 20 high school students across Georgia who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in areas of community service, entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, and leadership.
Each youth leader awarded exemplifies the five leadership qualities that truly embody a 21st Century Leader: passionate, forward-thinking, leverage diversity, resourceful and service oriented. The top 20 youth leaders are selected by a committee of business professionals and high school peers.
2017 Event Overview
On Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the College Football Hall of Fame, hosted by WSB-TV Chief Bureau, Tony Thomas, over 250 business and civic leaders from metro Atlanta, including our Georgia Youth Leadership Award presenters, members of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40, came together to celebrate the 20 outstanding youth leaders. Through all of our corporate sponsors, each winning youth leader was awarded with a $250 mini-grant and one special youth leader will be awarded the distinguishing Turner Voices award and $1,000 grant for their extraordinary work. Congratulations to Vikram Ruppa-Kasani who was presented with the 2017 Turner Voices Innovative Leadership Award.