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Forsyth County News

 

How to apply

Rising high school juniors interested in applying for Youth Leadership Forsyth 2011-12 should e-mail Tammi Bramblett at tammi@leadershipforsyth.org by June 30 or visit www.leadershipforsyth.org for an application.

A student leadership program is accepting applications for the 2011-12 school year.

Youth Leadership Forsyth, an offshoot of the adult Leadership Forsyth program that works with high school juniors, is looking for students at all Forsyth public and private high schools, as well as home school students.

Tammi Bramblett, executive director of the adult and youth programs, said the original application deadline was May 19, but has been extended.

“Several students have asked for the extension, so therefore we have granted all students an extension until June 30,” she said.

The program runs through the school year, providing various leadership training opportunities and classes to the students.

Each year, a maximum of 40 students are chosen for the program after an application and interview process.

Bramblett said about 75 students typically apply for the program.

“We have a class selection committee to go through each application without attention to name or school. It is a blind selection process based on their application answers and essay,” Bramblett said.

Class sessions are held in the afternoons of the Forsyth County school system’s early release days.

Bramblett said the program is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn valuable skills while making new friends.

“Youth Leadership Forsyth opens the doors of opportunity for high school juniors to broaden their understanding of our community, work as a team with students from all of the area schools, participate in leadership workshops to further develop their leadership skills, and assist them in preparing a vision for their future,” she said.

Established in 2000, the Youth Leadership Forsyth program, according to its Web site, also provides “a greater understanding of public decisions and opportunities for community involvement.”

This year’s program will also include a partnership with the Forsyth County YMCA, using curriculum titled “Breaking the Mold.”

Students also take part in a weekend retreat and visited the state Capitol in Atlanta.

Bramblett said a number of last year’s program graduates will also take part in YLF 2, a continuation of the program for high school seniors.

“We welcome these students to come back to mentor and have a leadership role for the following class. This helps them further develop their leadership skills,” she said. “This will be the third year [for YLF 2]. We have 34 of the 40 students from last year’s class.”