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Our Impact

Every Student Can Be Inspired to Lead

21st Century Leaders has welcomed and inspired thousands of high school students, truly reflecting the state’s diversity, hailing from urban and rural settings, and representing a range of religious, social, economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.  

High school often represents the final opportunity to select your peers and determine your social circle. We firmly believe that providing students with more opportunities to engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds and varied life experiences will better equip them for success while nurturing an understanding and appreciation for diversity, inclusivity, and a sense of belonging.

1,600+

high school students served annually

85%

of students identify as persons of color

50+%

of students face barriers to success

60%

of students identify as female

Our Results

Our Programs Change Lives

Here are just a few impactful statements around building self-efficacy and confidence, transforming skill-sets, and gaining access to opportunities.

Leadership Development

100%

of students said they now see themselves as leaders as a result of our programs

94%

of students said they took on one or more new leadership roles after joining 21st Century Leaders

Career Readiness

95%

of students said they are clearer on knowing their career path after high school as a result of 21st Century Leaders, while 55% of students said they discovered a new career field they're now interested in pursuing

80%

of students said they grew and developed in our core leadership competencies

Inclusion

45%

of students said it was their first time seeing someone who looks like them in a career or position they want to be in

30%

of students said it was their first time interacting with peers outside of their geographic area

Reports

Our students are more than just impact numbers.
They are young people discovering who they are and who they want to be.

Our reports provide an in-depth look of how our programs are doing just that through powerful student testimonials and the partners who support us.

Our Success Stories

Sharing the success stories of our organization and alumni is crucial in demonstrating the significant impact our programs have had, showcasing tangible results, and illustrating how special 21st Century Leaders is and continues to be.

Group photo of the 2024 Georgia Youth Leadership Award winners and their coaches, taken Feb. 10, 2024 at their Meet & Greet luncheon in at Emory's Goizueta Business School.
February 15, 2024
21 high school students will be recognized with 21st Century Leaders' Georgia Youth Leadership Award and the Be the Inspiration Gala on March 23, 2024.
Ben Bryant-Spotlight
February 14, 2024

Audits

We firmly believe in being accountable to you, our community, and the public at large. Independent audits are conducted by a reputable and impartial third-party firm, and the results are available here to all our stakeholders and the general public.

In the News

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Jyoti

For our 35th anniversary, we’ll be sharing the stories of 35 alumni showcasing the leaders they are today and how...

Group photo of the 2024 Georgia Youth Leadership Award winners and their coaches, taken Feb. 10, 2024 at their Meet & Greet luncheon in at Emory's Goizueta Business School.

21CL Announces 2024 Georgia

21 high school students will be recognized with 21st Century Leaders' Georgia Youth Leadership Award and the Be the Inspiration...

Alumni Spotlight: Ben Bryant

For our 35th anniversary, we’ll be sharing the stories of 35 alumni showcasing the leaders they are today and how...