Student Leadership Johns Creek builds teen leaders



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Instead of back-to-school shopping or sleeping in, 65 students representing Johns Creek’s Centennial, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek and Northview high schools spent a full day Saturday, Aug. 9 at a retreat to kick off this year’s Student Leadership Johns Creek program.

Now in the third year of the SLJC program, this year’s 2015 and 2016 classes are expanded to 40 students to allow greater participation in this increasingly popular two-year experience.

Besides acquiring leadership skills, the students learn project management skills that help them to develop a mentoring project with their local elementary or middle “feeder” school.

The retreat, held at the Ed Isakson YMCA, put these rising sophomores, juniors and seniors through team-building exercises that included the high ropes and zip line courses and coached them in some basic leadership skills as well.

Later in the school year, they also will have the opportunity to spend a day at the Georgia Capitol and meet state legislators along with a visit to the Fulton County Government Center and an unforgettable experience at the Fulton County Jail.

“The connection to Johns Creek and our business and civic leaders is an invaluable experience for these students to have in high school,” said Ron Jones, the founder of Leadership Johns Creek, a nonprofit sponsored by the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce.

“It can help them with networking for internships, jobs, enhance their college experiences and hopefully, make them want to return to Johns Creek after college,” he said.

In addition to the Leadership training, the students at the end of the second year will have a number of career experiences under their belts.

They will have:

• shadowed a business or professional person at his/her job,

• interviewed a college student for an overview of their upcoming college experience,

• learned about basic financial planning,

• developed a team project with their newly learned project management skills and

• been introduced to Johns Creek’s operations and city government.

The-two year SLJC program is managed by an advisory committee under the direction of the nonprofit Leadership Johns Creek in collaboration with Fulton County Schools. Day-to-day functions are handled by Executive Director Irene Sanders, a Johns Creek resident and mother of two graduates of Johns Creek High schools. Participants are students who have demonstrated either solid or emerging leadership qualities in school, places of worship or in community service activities. Selection is through a rigorous application process which takes place in the first quarter of each calendar year.

Funding is made possible through the generous contributions of sponsors such as Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center as well as tuition paid by the students and their families.

For information, please contact Executive Director Irene Sanders at, or 404-406-0480.


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