The mission of 21st Century Leaders is to inspire the next generation of Georgia leaders by empowering high school students with essential business and community leadership skills through programs connecting a diverse group of enthusiastic peers and passionate professionals.
Kara Murphy, Banks County High School, Class of 2012
Jefferson County High School, Class of 2013
During my first summer with 21st Century Leaders, I enjoyed the way that the staff made me feel, you feel like you are the King of the world! I also enjoyed the workshops that I went to. They were very engaging and very educational.
I’ve changed a lot because of 21st Century Leaders. I have become a better leader in my broadcast journalism class because it helped me to understand what a leader is. It’s not just about receiving all the fame and the good jobs, but really understanding how to be a proactive leader. I have built tons and tons on relationships with this program, I’m about 200 miles away from half of the leaders that were at the camp, but I stay in contact with them and with Mr. Bob, Ms. Miriam, and with Ms. Prissy. They are wonderful people and the right people to be in the positions that they are in. I really, really, really, think that every child should go through 21st Century Leaders. This a great program!
Marquita Gaines, Marietta High School, Class of 2012
Howard University, Class of 2014
I enjoyed the personal and professional growth from the programs that 21st Century Leaders has to offer. The complete belief the staff has in all of their students allows us the supportive environment needed to take full advantage of their program. During my sophomore year in high school, I learned of the 21st Century Leaders program. My English teacher, Mrs. Keefe, acted as advisor of the program and consistently asked me to come to a meeting. My school’s program focused primarily on community outreach and volunteerism. Once I discovered how much 21st Century Leaders offered in my high school, I decided to attend their CNN Experience Program where I met the wonderful staff members and got involved directly with their corporate office program in Decatur, GA.
As a result of participating in the 21st Century Leaders program, I have gained exceptional knowledge of how to network with professionals in several industries and further developed my public speaking skills. During my high school years I was able to participate in various internship opportunities which lead to me working with the Marketing Department at Turner Broadcasting, Inc. for two years. These experiences alone have allowed me to pursue Journalism as my professional career goal.
I have met many of my peers who like me have plans to be the next great leaders and innovators of our generation. This alone has motivated me to continue to strive to achieve personal and academic goals that will allow me to have the completive edge needed to be successful in the workforce today. As an alumnus I plan to stay informed of the programs and help out when I can.
Alfonzo Washington, Woodland High School, Class of 2012
I mostly enjoyed interacting with people of all cultures and religions who had a solid head on their shoulders with positive goals. I have grown to understand just how important the youth is in society. As the younger generation we are the leaders of the future, and we will need to pass on our knowledge and wisdom to the generation following us.
I have created hundreds of professional relationships with some of the finest people in the business world. Most importantly, I have had the opportunity to meet some of the greatest people on earth and because of 21st Century Leaders I have tons of brothers and sisters of all ages.
Kyani Trice, North Springs Charter High School, Class of 2012
Current Employer, Union City Veterinary Medical Center
At 21st Century Leaders, I enjoyed that I got to spend time with different students that have some of the same interests that I do. I thought it was wonderful that I got to meet lots of people with great authority but they didn’t treat me like I was just some kid they were meeting at a leadership camp. They treated me like a young adult with goals that they might like to help me accomplish.
Because of 21st Century Leaders, I have since changed the people I am around most of the time- I figure if I’m trying to do something with my life I should be around people who have a similar mindset. I have gained a lot of new friends that I hope to keep around me for a long time. I have also developed many different internship positions that I would like to take with the people at Turner.
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