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21st Century Leaders Host 74 Georgia High School Students for Leadership Summer Program

ATLANTA –21st Century Leaders , a local non-profit leadership development organization for Georgia high school students, welcomes 74 students to Emory University Goizueta Business School for its Summer Youth Leadership Institute.

21st Century Leaders Host 74 Georgia High School Students for Leadership Summer Program

This exclusive, week-long program focuses on enhancing high school students’ skills, personal leadership and critical thinking while focusing on business. The program, takes place on Emory University’s campus from June 1 through June 6, selects only 74 rising sophomores, juniors and seniors high school students from extensive pool of applicants from across the state of Georgia. “This is an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience with business professionals, community leaders, as well as build on their own leadership skills.” said Bob Watson, executive director of 21st Century Leaders. “This program, with our corporate partners involved has proven to be a valuable networking opportunity for our students during high school years and beyond.”

Students accepted into the program make up a diverse group of participants hailing from 51 high schools, 40 cities and 20 counties of Georgia. Throughout the week, students participated in interactive workshops, corporate tours, roundtable sessions with business leaders, team-building exercises and an etiquette dinner. 21st Century Leaders partnered with numerous Atlanta companies and executives throughout the week including; The Coca-Cola Company, Turner Broadcasting System, AGL Resources, Quality Technology Services (QTS) and more. Summer Youth Leadership Institute (formerly known at G5!) at Emory University began in 2008 and has hosted over 520 Georgia high school students during that time.

21st Century Leaders hosts two more summer programs in June; including EarthCare at Berry College, sponsored by Georgia Power and Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience at Georgia Tech, sponsored by Turner Broadcasting System. About 21st Century Leaders Established in 1991, 21st Century Leaders is a non-profit organization that provides a progressive hands-on leadership experience for Georgia high school students connecting students with diverse peers and professionals. 21st Century Leaders’ based in Decatur, GA, offers high school students a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills over the course of a three-year curriculum; including week-long summer programs, numerous one-day and weekend events and youth-run volunteer centers at participating high schools.

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