By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Turner Broadcasting Inspires Georgia H.S. Students at 21st Century Leaders Summer Institute
Over 70 students attend Turner Voices Youth Media Institute

ATLANTA - 21st Century Leaders, in partnership with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., welcomed over 70 students for its leadership program, Turner Voices Youth Media Institute on June 21st- 26th.

This exclusive, week-long institute is a media-focused leadership development program on the campus of Georgia Tech and Turner's Techwood campus in Atlanta, Georgia.

turner440TVYMI 2015 Class PicThe diverse group of students, selected from a competitive pool of 21st Century Leaders applicants from across the state are rising junior and senior high school students. The 75 students selected hail from over 50 high schools, 35 cities and 20 counties throughout Georgia. Fully sponsored by Turner Broadcasting, students get a true “behind the scenes” look into the Turner Broadcasting System and its networks, including CNN, HLN, Turner Sports, TBS, TCM, and Cartoon Network. Each day, students participated in workshops, tours, and discussion groups on a range of topics within the media industry. In addition, students participated in panels and mentoring sessions with Turner executives and talent including Turner Content Distribution President, Coleman Breland, CNN Student News Host Carl Azuz, Senior Director of March Madness Live, Hania Poole and Cartoon Network’s Susan Shipsky.

Turner Voices Youth Media Institute is an amazing opportunity for our students to learn about the media industry while developing their personal leadership styles,” said Bob Watson, executive director of 21st Century Leaders. “Turner’s commitment to our future leaders, specifically high school students, is evident in this program.” 

turner 190TVYMI Short FINAL legaline21 copyAlthough this is the first year forTurner Voices Youth Media Institute, Turner Broadcasting System has been partnering with 21st Century Leaders for the last 10 years to provide leadership development programs, including year-round support and it’s previous summer institutes, Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience and Leadership Plugged-In.

About Turner Broadcasting System
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. is a leader in worldwide news, entertainment, sports, and kids networks and related businesses.Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world. Turner owns and operates some of the leading cable television networks and related properties in the world, including CNN, HLN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, Adult Swim, truTV and Turner Sports, reaching an impressively broad domestic and international audience. In addition to its cable networks, Turner manages digital sports, including bleacherreport.com, NBA.com, NCAA.com, PGA.com. Turner's broad portfolio of brands and digital businesses and consumer products reaches consumers in more than 200 countries around the world.

About 21st Century Leaders
Established in 1991, 21st Century Leaders is a collaboration of business and professional leaders inspiring high school students to take on leadership positions, seek out opportunities, and give back to their communities by connecting them with a diverse group of enthusiastic peers, passionate professionals and powerful ideas, transforming their skills, attitudes, and abilities through training and hands-on experiences. 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, leadership teams, and student-run leadership centers at participating high schools. www.21stcenturyleaders.org

21st Century Leaders hosts two more summer programs in June; including SYLI @Goizueta at Emory University, Goizueta Business School and EarthCare: The Leadership Challenge of the 21st Century at Berry College, sponsored by Georgia Power.