JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Whether leaders are born and not made or vice versa, it certainly helps to instruct potential leaders in ways to be a successful leader, and that is what led 32 high school sophomores and juniors to become part of a special leadership training regimen.
Student Leadership Johns Creek (SLJC) is a two-year program for emerging leaders in sophomore and junior classes who live in Johns Creek and attend Northview, Chattahoochee, Centennial or Johns Creek high schools.
The program originated from Cindy Eade and Ron Jones, who were members of the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Johns Creek. They saw how a similar program for leadership in the area high schools could bring emerging high school leaders to their full potential.
“We spent 18 months studying other programs, meeting with Fulton County Schools officials, the FCS area superintendent and the school principals. So we had a lot of buy-in from the top,” Eade said.
“The goal is to provide leadership skills that will make them more effective leaders and become catalysts for change in their communities.”
As a diverse class of young adults, they will be introduced to a core curriculum of leadership skills including goal setting, project management, team building and communication skills.
Through field trips and introductions to current community leaders, they will explore local, county and state government as well as local nonprofit organizations.
Students learn areas of need within the community where they can put their leadership skills and knowledge into practice by planning and implementing community service projects.
The members of the inaugural class of Student Leadership Johns Creek met Sept. 12 at Emory Johns Creek Hospital for the second meeting of this two-year leadership program.
These sophomore and junior students from Centennial, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek and Northview high schools were was selected in March from a competitive field of fellow student applicants, and join the program with emerging leadership skills.
After meeting in August for a daylong summer retreat at the Alpharetta YMCA, the students have met periodically in their school groups to select leadership projects that will benefit their schools. The projects must be approved by their principals and be achievable by March 2013.
The four projects they selected were diverse and involved waste reduction, re-establishing an outdoor classroom and a school spirit project involving a Powder Puff football game.
The highlights of the Sept. 12 half-day workshop included an introduction by Emory Johns Creek Hospital CEO Craig McCoy and discussion of his career path and leadership training.
Students also made presentations of their school projects and discussed leadership styles and time management, led by program facilitator Kene Iloenyosi, a Johns Creek resident and author of the book “Finding Your Sweet Spot.”
The group’s Oct. 15 program involved a full day of visiting the State Capitol and Fulton County Government buildings and the Fulton County Jail. For more information on the program, please visit the website at