News 12 This Morning/Tuesday March 18, 2014
COLUMBIA CO., Ga. (WRDW)--"The way we look at it is part of the Chamber's mission is to develop community leaders. Your community is only as strong as it's leadership," said Tammy Shepherd, President and CEO of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.
So, the Chamber's Youth Leadership program aims to do just that.
Geared toward rising 10th and 11th graders schooled in Columbia County, Shepherd tells me the program is community based and community led.
"They learn how all the pieces go together--everything from healthcare, law enforcement, their local county government and they meet with the top executives in those industries," she explained.
The application isn't an easy one. Students who wish to apply will need two references, an essay and will be called for an interview if they make it through the process.
"There is tuition for this particular program but there are also scholarships available so it is open to all," Shepherd said.
Shepherd says the main goal is showing area students the options Columbia County has to offer when they start thinking about their future.
"You really want to groom your own and so that is definitely a mission of the program...kind of start grooming these young individuals to come back and lead our community for the future," she said.
She tells me, for many students who've made it into the course--it's paid off.
"We actually have someone who is a local attorney and he went through our youth leadership program several years ago and he is now a practicing attorney here in town," Shepherd said.
The deadline to apply is Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 5 pm.
There's also an adult leadership class that parents can apply for.
Just click the attached links to reach the applications, which have more information.