Applications to join 21CL are closed. All students will receive a decision email and letter during the first week of April. Please remember to Save the Date for our Summer Orientation for all accepted students on Saturday, April 18th.Read More
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Check out the 2015 Winter Issue of 21CL’s Youth Leadership Council’s publication, “Let Youth Voices Be Heard,” written by students for students.Read More


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Inspiring Youth To Lead

21CL collaborates with business and professional leaders to connect, transform and inspire Georgia high school students to become the next generation of leaders through training and hands-on experiences.


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My Dream Job Discovered Through 21CL

March 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Written by Abbey Parlier, 21CL student an senior at Mary Persons High School

Each year my high school’s business department holds a job shadowing day on February 2nd. Students are allowed to […]

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Top 20 GYLA Winner: Morgan Taylor

February 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Morgan Taylor, a sophomore at Gordon Lee High School in Walker County, created a mentoring program for elementary and middle school girls called “Girls Cheering on Girls.” After dealing with her […]

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Top 20 GYLA Winner: Paul Serrato

February 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Paul Serrato,  a senior at Apalachee High School in Barrow County, is the founder of the Hispanic Organization Promoting Education (HOPE) club at his school and is actively working to serve Hispanic […]


21st Century Leaders gave me the most unique and wonderful experiences that to this day I consider my favorite. 21st Century Leaders has been the catalyst for many of the endeavors I took on my junior and senior years in high school and all four years of college. I have great comfort knowing I have them as a support system, and I know they will continue to be there for me throughout the years
Maria Flores, Reinhardt University Class of 2015, Student Body President
I really enjoyed participating in the summer programs, which provided excellent opportunities to build business and teamwork skills and network with influential members of the Georgia business community as well as with other motivated high school students. I believe that the program provided a great foundation for my career in teaching me the value of networking and instilling in me the importance of being a team-oriented player in the workplace.
Ben Bryant, Assistant General Counsel, InComm (21CL Alumni 1999)
Learning to network at 16 years old definitely impacted my future. Instead of just collecting business cards like my college friends did, I was building meaningful relationships. I got a full time, corporate job immediately after graduating from college, and even though I was young, I’m sure it was because of the confidence I gained by working with professionals early on
Brandi Harrison, Senior Production Manager, CNN (21CL Alumni 1997)