21st Century Leaders
The 21st Century Leaders is a three-year leadership development program for high school students in the state of Georgia. Participants come from over 200 Georgia high schools and truly reflect the state’s diversity. Students hail from urban and rural settings and represent a range of religious, social, economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Since 1991, more than 10,000 students have participated in the program. 97% enter college and 72% report taking leadership roles in their post- high school experiences.
Currently, 65% of the participants are minority students, 40% come from low-income families and 25% are moderately at-risk. By providing students the opportunity to interact and relate with peers from different backgrounds, 21st Century Leaders fosters an appreciation for diversity that is paramount for society.
Students develop leadership skills and build confidence through weeklong summer programs, national service day events and other core events during the year. Throughout the program, 21st Century Leaders gain the leadership skills needed to succeed in the collegiate and professional world.