We’re looking for the top 20 high school student leaders for the 2016 Georgia Youth Leadership Awards! Do you know an outstanding H.S. student leader in the state of Georgia? Consider nominating them today! Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 4, 2015.Learn More & Nominate
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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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September 21st, 2015|0 Comments

ATLANTA—Do you know a high school student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills by starting their own business or charity or given back to the community an extraordinary way? 21st Century […]

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I Discovered My Career Through 21CL

September 16th, 2015|1 Comment

Written by Britney (Blackwell) Lovett, 21CL Alumni, Cox Communications

21st Century Leaders had a significant impact on my life in high school in several ways. I made so many new friends! I […]

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21CL Student Meets President Obama!

September 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Written by Emma Goldsmith, 21CL student from Deerfield Windsor School in Albany, GA, Class of 2016.
“From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it…but from the inside looking out, you just […]


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, Tax Associate, Windham Brannon (21CL Alumni)
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)
“21st Century Leaders impacted my life in several ways in high school. Because of my experience with 21st Century Leaders, I felt very comfortable with getting involved in leadership positions in college and beyond, such as serving as President of the Student Government Association at Georgia State University.”
Marcus Kernizan, Consultant, Accenture (21CL Alumni 2009)