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Our Programs

What We Offer

Our programs provide high school students with opportunities to learn from business professionals, explore career pathways, develop essential leadership skills, and apply critical thinking to real-world problems.

Through our programs, students become confident, capable servant leaders, ready to contribute their best in work and life.

Our Programs

21st Century Leaders programming engages students in interactive leadership training facilitated by 21CL staff, alumni, subject matter experts, and corporate partners.

There are three main ways a student can join 21st Century Leaders and partners can get involved:

Once students become a 21st Century Leader, they have access to additional experiences and opportunities that will inspire them to lead and that companies can engage in.

Leadership Connect

Become a catalyst for leadership development by supporting our exclusive online platform, Leadership Connect, a proprietary program tailored for high school students. This self-paced curriculum, featuring over 130 gamified modules, guides students on a transformative journey of self-discovery, imparting essential social and life skills. 

Your partnership can help open doors for students year-round as they enroll in this invaluable program, fostering lifelong leadership skills.


Elevate your corporate engagement by supporting our 21CLubs, school- and community-based programs strategically crafted to cultivate leadership and career pathway skills with a spotlight on servant leadership.

These clubs, organizing service projects and leadership forums, provide an excellent platform for your company to connect with motivated students. 21CLub students gain access to Leadership Connect, aligning with your commitment to fostering future leaders.

Summer Leadership Institutes

Develop your future workforce by engage with talented students through our flagship program. These residential institutes offer a unique opportunity for corporate partners to lead hands-on workshops, corporate tours, and career panels. Students spend a transformative week on a college campus networking, collaborating on capstone challenges, and engaging with industry leaders.

Each institute focuses on a crucial industry, with leadership development at its core. Students also gain access to Leadership Connect to further enrich their leadership development.

Our Experiences

Students who join our organization through any of the three entry-point programs have access to all of our year-round experiences throughout their high school journey. Your partnership facilitates valuable connections with companies, volunteers, alumni, and peers, fostering a community that nurtures the next generation of leaders.

Leadership Summits

Our summits are one-day training experiences, per semester, where students connect with peers, network with professionals and alumni, and work together in teams to problem-solve workplace challenges and community issues. Your support enables all current students to register, gaining valuable insights into careers through workshops and panels led by esteemed summit sponsors.

Internship & Scholarship

Forge a meaningful partnership with us to empower our seniors through a paid summer internship with your company and contribute to a scholarship for their post-secondary education.

By collaborating with us in hosting interns and/or sponsoring scholarships, you actively support young talent, providing valuable work experience, and dismantling financial barriers to post-secondary opportunities. Students must complete 3 Levels in Leadership Connect to be eligible for this experience.

Youth Ambassadors

Interact with our Youth Ambassadors who embody diverse perspectives of our statewide student body, passionately advocate for our organization. By empowering high school students across the state to join 21st Century Leaders, they play a pivotal role in connecting students, volunteers, alumni, and supporters. Students must complete 2 Levels in Leadership Connect to be eligible for this experience.

Our Success Stories

35th Anniversary -James Nixon (1)
May 23, 2024
One of my favorite lessons learned that I still apply personally and professionally is from the FISH philosophy.  I learned, “even if we disagree, don’t make me wrong.”  This means that there are always different perspectives and often not just one right answer or means to get something accomplished.
35th Anniversary -Nolie Burns
May 9, 2024
Programs like 21CL are important because they expose students to diverse experiences, people, institutions, and perspectives that they may not receive within their own community. These programs promote post-secondary readiness while creating well-rounded individuals who can take on the world with just a little more confidence than the student who did not get the same exposure.

Let's Inspire Together

Let's Connect
Let's Transform
Let's Inspire
Step 1
We start with a conversation to get to know you, see where our goals and values align, and identify possibilities together.
Step 2
We will collaborate on a partnership and an action plan that best fits the needs of our students and your organization. Through existing programs to customized events, we tailor programming to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.
Step 3
By partnering with 21st Century Leaders, you have the power to create life-changing moments and pathways for students that will have an immediate and lasting impact

In the News



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

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Chairman’s Corner

As 21st Century Leaders celebrates #35yearsof21CL, our Board Chair DeRetta Cole Rhodes, PhD, shares her thoughts on the kickoff of...