Students from Apalachee High School, Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy, Bethlehem Christian Academy and Winder-Barrow High School devoted nine days this school year to leadership development and community awareness.
Through the Youth Leadership Barrow (YLB) program, the students interacted with local decision-makers to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become confident, caring leaders in their community and schools. Participants completed community service projects, toured local government and industry organizations, and were mentored by local business and non-profit leaders.
This year's tours and guest speakers included Wimberly Roots, Barrow County Courthouse and Jail, City of Winder Fire Department, Solvay, Fort Yargo, Georgia State Capitol, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow, Holiday Connection, Ministry Village, Wimberly Center non-profits, and Extra Special People (ESP).
Congratulations to our 2022-2023 YLB Graduates!
More about Youth Leadership Barrow
The Youth Leadership Barrow (YLB) program provides leadership development and community awareness training for 10th and 11th grade students in Barrow County.
YLB uses a leadership development curriculum from the University of Georgia Fanning Institute. Each month, students explore a different aspect of leadership. Students also focus on a specific soft skill each month, like handshakes, writing thank you notes, or making eye contact.
To apply for participation in YLB, students must:
- Demonstrate leadership potential (in school and/or the community).
- Be in good academic standing with clear attendance and behavior records.
- Willing to participate in all scheduled sessions.
The YLB program runs from August through April. Sessions are held once a month (except December) during the school day.
Thank you to our sponsors:
- Piedmont Athens Regional
- Georgia Power
- Harrison Golden Goodness
- Watertight Roofing
- Barrow County Chamber
- Peach State federal Credit Union
- Farm Bureau Insurance
- Wimberly Roots
- Wimberly Center for Community Development
- Bethlehem Christian Academy
- Barrow County School System
If you are interested in participating in Youth Leadership Barrow next year, contact your school's Work-Based Learning Coordinator who serves as the YLB facilitator.