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Youth Leadership Program Taking Applications

Posted 7:30 a.m. Thursday, September 1, 2022

The Covington County Youth Leadership Program is currently accepting applications from juniors for the 2022-2023 school year.

“CCYL’s mission is to prepare high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential to take on active leadership roles in improving their homes, schools, and communities. The goals of the program are to encourage high school students to recognize and develop their self-discipline, self-respect, and leadership potential; teach leadership and problem-solving skills that will foster an open, non-violent approach to solutions; provide students with a better understanding of current issues through interaction with community, regional, and state peers, leaders, and decision makers; expose students to resources available in our community and state; provide opportunities for students to experience the difference they can make through volunteer service projects; and to expand the student’s network of friends, peers and contacts,” a statement read.

Eligibility is limited to juniors from all public, private and home schools in Covington County who are at least 15 years old. Applicants must meet the following requirements: have a “C” average or better, obtain permission from their parents and/or guardians, and receive approval from their school principal.

“Applicants must have demonstrated leadership in school or community activities, expressed an interest in solving issues facing their community, and be 100% committed to participating in all program activities.”

Selected individuals will be required to attend all sessions and participate in all activities, which include seven one-day educational sessions, plus additional time for a service project and other meetings. Sessions are usually scheduled on Wednesdays and take place during the school day once a month from September to March. These are coordinated with each school and are treated as excused absences. Those who miss more than one session will not be permitted to complete the program.

A committee of business and community leaders will select program participants. Applications are scored using the percentages indicated on the application. The committee will review the quality of candidates as well as the need for balanced representation from across the county. Each school can have up to five students selected and up to five students will be allowed from homeschooling. Maximum class size will be 35 students with no minimum class size.

CCYL participants must pay a $100 fee to help with program expenses. These fees must be paid before the second session held on October 19. A limited number of full or partial need-based scholarships are available. Students wishing to apply for a scholarship can do so once they are selected for the program.

Applications must be submitted online by Thursday, September 9; no applications will be accepted after this date. Those selected as members of the program will receive notification of acceptance, an agreement form outlining participation, terms of participation, and program guidelines. Those not selected for admission to the program will also receive a notification letter.

The Covington County Youth Leadership Program began in the 2021-2022 school year. The inaugural class was made up of 29 local juniors attending Andalusia Secondary School, Florala Secondary School, Opp Secondary School, Pleasant Home School, Red Level School and Straughn Secondary School. These students attended a leadership and team building event at Camp Butter and Egg in Troy for their first session in September 2021.

The committee includes representatives from the Southeast Alabama Gas District; the Alabama community college system; PowerSouth; Covington Electric; Lurleen B. Wallace Community College; Child Policy Council; the departmental commission; Opp County, Andalucia and Covington Schools; the towns of Opp, Andalusia and Florala; vocational rehabilitation; South Alabama Regional Airport; AFLAC; local churches; County Extension Office; and more.

For more information, call Dr. Terri Dunn at 334-804-1572. “We’re looking forward to another great year,” Dunn said.

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