Leadership Sandy Springs, Youth Program Seek Applicants

SANDY SPRINGS, GA — Quality leadership development opportunities for adults and teenagers are now available from Leadership Sandy Springs. Applications for the class of 2019 programs for Leadership Sandy Springs and its high school counterpart, Youth Leadership Sandy Springs, are now available on the organization’s website for interested participants to complete.

The deadlines to apply are March 15 for the adult class and March 22 for the Youth Leadership Sandy Springs program. The class roster for each program will be announced in April. Applications could be enhanced with a written nomination from an LSS or YLSS graduate, though interested individuals are welcome to self-nominate. Classes are kept small to encourage relationship building and facilitate hands-on involvement in activities and projects.

Participants in the adult nine-month leadership development training program must live or work in Sandy
Springs and selection to the program is based on prior leadership experience and community involvement,
potential to contribute to the future of Sandy Springs, personal background and desire to be involved.

Launched with an opening retreat, the program focuses on leadership styles and team-building
activities. Monthly class days include learning about relevant issues regarding local and state government,
education, business, social services and the environment. Class members will also visit businesses, schools, nonprofit and civic organizations and organize service projects. LSS seeks high caliber applicants for this exclusive program, which kicks off in September.

YLSS is for high school students who will be entering their their sophomore or junior years in the fall of 2018 and who either live or go to school in Sandy Springs. The program combines leadership training with civic education for emerging community leaders. Students focus on acquiring and practicing the leadership skills colleges and employers want while learning how the Sandy Springs community works.

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Students meet out of school one day per month and discover Sandy Springs through a cell phone scavenger hunt, visit to City Hall, acting as attorneys in a mock trial, connecting with business leaders, practicing interviewing with business executives, learning public speaking through improv comedy, visiting the 911 call center, sampling water quality with a federal park ranger, creating a group service project and more.

This year, for the first time, YLSS applicants have a chance to send in a video as part of their application. Candidates would need to film themselves at a place in Sandy Springs that is important to them and explain why.

You can obtain applications for LSS or YLSS by visiting the organization’s website. For questions about LSS, contact Catherine Lautenbacher program director at 678.592.9396 or catherine@leadershipsandysprings.org. For questions about YLSS, call Polly Warren, YLSS director at 404-252-2787 or polly@leadershipsandysprings.org.

Photo: In this November 2017 photo, Sandy Springs City Councilman John Paulson, center, helps Akasha Hayden (North Springs Charter High School), left, and Sammy Rosner (Galloway School), right, avoid crippling debt while Mayor Rusty Paul, in background, explains how cities use bonds. Credit: Leadership Sandy Springs.

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