The 21CL Youth Ambassadors are the faces and voices of the organization, representing the more than 800 Georgia high school students of 21st Century Leaders each year.

21CL Youth Ambassadors are responsible for 21CL speaking engagements at leadership training events and fundraising events, organizing community service projects and creating meaningful opportunities to engage more 21st Century Leaders. The Youth Ambassadors serve as 21CL advocates to empower other high school students across the state to join 21st Century Leaders and to connect 21CL students, volunteers, alumni and supporters. Students collaborate to generate and produce multimedia content for 21CL’s social and online platforms, post live during our school-year events and leadership summits, create videos for our new online learning system Leadership Connect, attend exclusive workshops, and editorialize the end-of-the-year senior publication, Let Youth Voices Be Heard.

The Youth Ambassadors are motivated and diverse students from across the state of Georgia who are committed to inspiring one another to lead. They represent the distinct ideas, opinions, attitudes, knowledge, and actions of exemplary leaders as a collective body.

Mission: The Youth Ambassadors’ mission is to serve as student ambassadors for 21st Century Leaders by upholding the organization’s mission and vision through servant-leadership while creating meaningful opportunities for Georgia’s next generation of youth leaders. The Youth Ambassadors strive to bring awareness to 21CL through a united voice, community service and outreach while enhancing our leadership and interpersonal skills. Our goal is to establish a strong foundation that cultivates future generations of leaders who can further expand our accomplishments.

Note: The Youth Leadership Team, formerly comprised of the Youth Ambassadors and the Youth Leadership Council, has combined into one group (Youth Ambassadors) for the 2018-2019 school year. Students will have an opportunity to serve on various committees that encompass the roles of both.


Meet our 2018-2019 21CL Youth Ambassadors

  • Whitney Williams Youth Ambassador Chair (Roswell High School)
  • Kenny Beckford Youth Ambassador Vice Chair (DeKalb School of the Arts)
  • Nadia Ahmed (Newton High School)
  • Manika Bhatia (North Gwinnett High School)
  • Marley Bridges (Tucker High School)
  • Mardra Caldwell (Prince Avenue Christian School)
  • Neha Chaparala (Alpharetta High School)
  • Theja Chennubohtla (South Forsyth High School)
  • Gautam Desai (Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology)
  • Rithik Doddla (Chattahoochee High School)
  • Sarah Eidizadeh (Atlanta International School)
  • Maya Ellison (Arabia Mountain High School)
  • Adarian Fambro (Lamar County High School)
  • Michael Garcia (Cherokee High School)
  • Nina Giddens (Westlake High School)
  • Anurag Gillella (Chattahoochee High School)
  • America Guerrero (Cristo Rey Jesuit High School)
  • Ines Herrera (Lassiter High School)
  • Zachary Hunter (Stockbridge High School)
  • Maahi Jain (Milton High School)
  • Nitya Jella (Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology)
  • DAngelio Jones (Thomson High School)
  • Conner Kanaly (Lovett School)
  • Aazan Khan (Northview High School)
  • Emily Lent (Northside High School)
  • Sonalis Muhammad (The Blackstone Academy)
  • Hadassah Nehikhuere (Dutchtown High School)
  • Keila Noel (Union Grove High School)
  • Kenya Oliver (Decatur High School)
  • Evan Ouyang (Northview High School)
  • Jena Paramesh (Pope High School)
  • Briana Ross (Arabia Mountain High School)
  • Hunter Smith (North Atlanta High School)
  • Gareth Thompson (Wheeler High School)
  • Kayla Weeks (Telfair County High School)
  • Julian Woods (Westlake High School)
  • Jenny Yun (Northview High School)

21CL Youth Ambassador Requirements:

  • Only current 21st Century Leader students are eligible to apply. (Students who served previously need to reapply each year)
  • Online applications open in July, followed by formal interviews
  • Commitment Term: August-May
  • Monthly meetings in-person
  • Students are required to meet a minimum of 20 service hours per term

Become a 21CL Youth Ambassador