Chamber Announces New Youth Leadership Hall County Program

After many years of research and study, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce announces its newest program, Youth Leadership Hall County. Youth Leadership Hall (YLH) is a leadership program for high school juniors and seniors that enables students to develop leadership skills, while increasing awareness of their community. To be initiated in fall 2005, the program seeks to provide an investment in the community¹s future leadership.

“This is an excellent way for youth to develop and foster interest in the community that they will inherit while inspiring them to become successful leaders of tomorrow,” said Anita Scott, Northeast Georgia Health System and Chairman of Education and Community Development for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

Youth Leadership Hall offers students the opportunity to work with adult community leaders through day-long seminars held over a four month period. Two YLH programs will be held each school year ­ a fall session (September, October, November, December) and a spring session (January, February, March, April). The sessions will focus on leadership skills, successful team work, community awareness, diversity, and business and social etiquette.

Schools participating in the pilot phase are all Hall County High Schools, Gainesville High School, Westminster Christian School, Lakeview Academy, Maranatha Christian Academy, Brenau Academy and Riverside Military Academy.

Student applicants should have an expressed interest in understanding and serving the community and should either demonstrate leadership ability or have exhibited potential leadership ability. Students must have a satisfactory academic standing within their respective school system and will be nominated by a teacher, coach, or extra curricular activity director. A selection committee will interview all nominees and select 25 participants for each session.

Youth Leadership Hall Objectives:

€ Provide opportunity for a diverse group of students to interact with each other and community leaders and decision makers.

€ Acquaint students with community needs, resources and factors that influence the future development of Hall County.

€ Encourage students to recognize their potential and develop leadership skills.

€ Foster student interest in volunteer community involvement

€ Inspire students to become “Ambassadors” of their school and community.

€ Expand in the students an understanding of service learning

€ Instill student pride in the community

“Youth Leadership Hall is an avenue for students to interact with community leaders and develop positive relationships. It encourages students to become a part of Gainesville-Hall County and its future,” said Lisa Jarrard of Georgia Power Company and Chairman of the Quality Education Strategic Team (QuEST) Council for the Greater Hall Chamber.

For more information on Youth Leadership Hall, call Karen Long at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, 770-532-6206.