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.
Congratulations to the 2018 Georgia Youth Leadership Award winners!
21st Century Leaders is proud to announce the following 21 outstanding youth leaders for the 2018 Georgia Youth Leadership Awards:
1. Jamil Atkinson – Lovett School, Class of 2018
2. Justice Bigot – Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology, Class of 2018
3. Jonelle Christopher – Northside High School, Class of 2018
4. Sydnie Cobb – DeKalb Early College Academy, Class of 2018
5. Courtney Copeland – The Galloway School, Class of 2018
6. Sofia Eidizadeh – Atlanta International School, Class of 2019
7. Hally Farnum – Emanuel County Institute, Class of 2018
8. John Graves – Sonoraville High School, Class of 2018
9. Jeremiah Sterling Hall – Georgia Cyber Academy, Class of 2019
10. Jestini Jordan – Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, Class of 2018
11. Srikar Karra – South Forsyth High School, Class of 2019
12. Sanjeev Kumar – Northview High School, Class of 2019
13. Priscilla Yan Lin – Brookwood High School, Class of 2018
14. Rose Moss – Effingham County High School, Class of 2018
15. Antonio Pierce – Carver Early College, Class of 2019
16. Jennifer Rice – Providence Christian Academy, Class of 2018
17. Caroline Solomon – Homeschool, Class of 2019
18. Yannie Tan – Atlanta International School, Class of 2019
19. Mary Grace Watson – Colquitt County High School, Class of 2018
20. Whitney Williams – Roswell High School, Class of 2019
21. Henry Xuan – Lambert High School, Class of 2020
Read more about each winner’s leadership initiatives HERE
Winners will be honored at the 10th annual Georgia Youth Leadership Awards, taking place on Saturday, February 24th at the College Football Hall of Fame. Stay tuned throughout February for a blog post highlighting each winner during National Youth Leadership Month as part of the student-led #21daysofleadership social media campaign.
Thank you to our 2018 GYLA Sponsors