Youth Leadership 2017 graduation

Youth Leadership Graduation - 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center

The 2017 Youth Leadership Class Graduates

SPANISH FORT, Ala. – The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the graduation of our Youth Leadership Class of 2017. The Youth Leadership Program is an intensive elite 7 month program designed to provide Eastern Shore high school students with the opportunity to gain a greater knowledge about their community, develop strong leadership skills and gain more self and social awareness in order to make a positive difference in the quality of community life. Christina Hellmich, Director of Workforce Development for the Chamber says, “By developing young leaders, we will build vital communities that value fairness, diversity and integrity.”

The group meets monthly and then works in teams to develop group projects on pertinent community issues. Those group projects were presented at graduation. Activities include an opening retreat, five topical seminar days, community service activities, closing retreat and graduation ceremony. The topical seminars covered the history and geography of Baldwin County, business smarts, health and human services, law and government and the environment.

The 2017 Spirit of Youth Leadership Award winner was also announced at graduation. This year’s winner is Sawyer Connick, a senior at Fairhope High School. Sawyer has gone above and beyond to exemplify what it truly means to be a leader.

Spirit of Youth Leadership Winner - Sawyer Connick

Forty students took part in the program from Fairhope High School, Daphne High School, Spanish Fort High School, Bayside Academy, and home school students. The program runs from August to February.

Applications are available now for the 2018 Youth Leadership Program at Applications are due by April 7, 2017.


Denise Curtis, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce

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