Cobb Youth Leadership

The Leadership Cobb Alumni Association (LCAA) sponsors Cobb Youth Leadership (CYL), a leadership program for rising high school juniors that focuses on developing leadership skills through interactive participation. This program was created in 1989 to provide students a unique opportunity to learn about their community as well as meet and interact with students from other high schools.

Students attending public or private high schools or home-school students in Cobb County must complete and submit applications for CYL in the spring of their sophomore year. Applications are reviewed by the CYL Steering Committee and approximately 50 students are chosen for the class. Students participate in the program during their junior year of high school.

Applications Open!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 class! Click here to complete the online form.

All applications must be submitted by Friday, April 14, 2017.

For more information about CYL, contact Katie Guice at 770-859-2334 or

Frequently Asked Questions About CYL

What are some of the activities of CYL?

Through approximately five evening programs during the course of the school year participants in the CYL program are introduced to local, state and national leaders. They also receive information on the responsibility, ethics and tools for effective leadership. The monthly programs run from August through April. Students also participate in two retreats where they focus on team building, personality inventories and additional leadership topics such as cultural diversity and community service.

When does CYL meet?

An orientation takes place in August along with a Fall Retreat in September. Following the retreat, evening programs are held monthly September through March. The year concludes with a spring retreat held in late March/early April.

What costs are associated with being a part of CYL?

Current tuition for selected students is $650.

Who is in charge of CYL?

CYL is governed by a steering committee comprised of Leadership Cobb Alumni and high school seniors as recent graduates of CYL.

How does someone learn more about CYL?

Contact the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association through the Cobb Chamber, or contact Katie Guice at 770-859-2334 or

How can someone provide assistance to CYL?

By serving on the CYL Steering Committee, providing financial assistance to a candidate who is unable to pay the tuition or by sponsoring a program for CYL


Cobb Youth Leadership Class of 2016 has had an outstanding year so far! The last seven months have been full of new friendships and opportunities to grow leadership skills. Listed below are some highlights from the program days and evenings.

  • Orientation – Located at Six Flags Over Georgia, the new class gathered together to meet for the first time, ride the roller coasters and kick the year off! They even dodged a few downpours in between rides.
  • Fall Retreat – The class went up to WinShape Wilderness for a weekend of team building on a ropes course, a massive kickball game, s’mores and bonding. They ended the retreat hearing from the ADDO Institute.
  • Myers Briggs Evening – Linda Beggs spent the evening reviewing the class’ personality test results, challenging them to celebrate their introverted or extroverted selves and seek to understand others better. They walked aware with a greater awareness of how they interact with their classmates and peers.
  • Public Safety Evening – The class braved the colder weather and got a small taste of what kind of training it takes to be in public safety. From simulations to K-9 demonstrations, the students really enjoyed this interactive night.
  • Media and Communications Evening – On this night, the students met at Chattahoochee Technical College and heard from communication experts. They learned the importance of a good introduction, the impact of their social media footprint and how to communicate effectively.
  • Government and Military Evening – Located at Dobbin Air Reserve Base, the class heard from our leaders at the base and Representative Bert Reeves – a CYL and LC grad and past CYL Chair. They toured the Security Forces Squadron and even got to try on some of their gear!
  • Community Service Evening – The class heard from two speakers in our community who are plugged into the needs of our county. They brought items to make toiletry bags to donate to these organizations. The class packed over 1,000 bags to give away. Amazing!
  • International Evening – Dressed representing their family heritage, the students learned some salsa dancing steps and heard from the Executive Director of Go Eat Give, Sucheta Rawal.
  • Health and Sports Evening – The class had the privilege of hearing from former UGA football star Rennie Curan, Braves representative Kelvin Scott and Sports Medicine expert Rob Riesing. They concluded the night with some football warm ups led by Rennie.
  • Spring Retreat – Held at Stone Mountain Park, the class gathered together one last time to conclude their year with some team building games and time spent together around the park. It was a wonderful weekend spent with new friends!