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Rockdale Youth Leadership looking for applicants
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All tenth graders in Rockdale County will have an opportunity to apply for participation in the upcoming Rockdale Youth Leadership program that provides development and community awareness training for tomorrow's leaders.

Through collaboration with the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and the STARS Community Partnership, aspiring youth leaders will have the opportunity to interact with local decision makers and participate in community service activities. This is the second year the revived program is being offered and the class is expected to have about 35 participants.

With an application deadline of Wednesday, August 15, any tenth grade student who meets the qualifications that include a minimum 2.5 GPA and a demonstrated school and community leadership potential can apply. The applications are available at all Rockdale schools, including private schools, and home school students are encouraged to apply as well. Students can be nominated by a student, parent, teacher, counselor, administrator, or by themselves to participate in this year’s program. 

"We are very excited to offer this leadership program again this year," Rockdale County Public Schools STARS Project Manager Susan Paul Smith said."This initiative is a joint effort among the school system, the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, the STARS Community Partnership and RCPS Work-Based Learning. New this year is a job shadowing component as well as more opportunities to meet with community leaders and business people."

During the program, students will interact with community leaders, local elected officials, and school administrators to enhance their awareness of community needs and resources. Through interactive workshops, special tours, and community service projects, RYL participants will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become confident, caring leaders in their community and respective schools. 

To be nominated for participation in RYL, students must also be in good standing, willing to participate in community volunteerism, willing to participate in all sessions after school and some Saturdays and be willing to pursue a school leadership role following graduation from the program.

The program kicks-off with an orientation session on August 27 and a half-day retreat on September 1. There is at least one activity planned for each month through graduation in April.

For more information, contact Jeff Rogers, RCPS Work-Based Learning & Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator, at 770-388-5677 x 31303 or