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DeKalb Students Picked for Elite Leadership Institute

Fourteen students from DeKalb County are enhancing their personal leadership and critical thinking skills at a week-long leadership institute.

Fourteen students from DeKalb County are among 74 teens building their leadership skills at a week-long Summer Youth Leadership Institute on the campus of Emory University. Submitted photos
Fourteen students from DeKalb County are among 74 teens building their leadership skills at a week-long Summer Youth Leadership Institute on the campus of Emory University. Submitted photos

Fourteen students from DeKalb County are among 74 teens building their leadership skills at a week-long Summer Youth Leadership Institute on the campus of Emory University.

The program is organized by 21st Century Leaders, a local non-profit leadership development organization for Georgia high school students, is hosting the camp at Emory University. The week-long program focuses on enhancing high school students’ skills, personal leadership and critical thinking while focusing on business.

“This is an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience with business professionals, community leaders, as well as build on their own leadership skills.” said Bob Watson, executive director of 21st Century Leaders. “This program, with our corporate partners involved has proven to be a valuable networking opportunity for our students during high school years and beyond.”

The DeKalb participants and their high schools are:

  • Ogbai Afeworkie, Fugees Academy
  • Michaella Allen, Arabia Mountain High School
  • Jasmine Barnett, Dunwoody High School
  • Ashley Billings, Chamblee Charter High School
  • Tristan Bogost, Homeschool
  • Christopher Bunting, Tucker High School
  • Kendra Dorsey, Arabia Mountain High School
  • Tonkoshi Gorado, Fugees Academy
  • Marion Guthrie, Arabia Mountain High School
  • Jade Harris, Arabia Mountain High School
  • Babba Jaden, Fugees Academy
  • Sheweat Laine, Tucker High School
  • Neena Senior, Arabia Mountain High School
  • Keith Strozier, Arabia Mountain High School
Students accepted into the program make up a diverse group of participants hailing from 51 high schools, 40 cities and 20 counties of Georgia. Throughout the week, students participated in interactive workshops, corporate tours, roundtable sessions with business leaders, team-building exercises and an etiquette dinner.

Summer Youth Leadership Institute (formerly known at G5!) at Emory University began in 2008 and has hosted over 520 Georgia high school students during that time.

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