2018-2019 LYL Acknowledgement Form
The Mission of Lowndes Young Leaders is to identify future leaders of Columbus and Lowndes County and provide personal, cultural, social, and leadership development that will enhance their ability to serve as effective leaders.
All applications must be submitted by February 9, 2018
What is LYL?
Lowndes Young leaders is a ten-month leadership program for high school sophomores who live and attend school in Columbus-Lowndes County. The program is sponsored by the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Rotary Club, and the MUW Office of Outreach and Innovation. In operation since 1999, program sessions allow students to explore varying aspects of business and economic development, education, health care, quality of life, and government.
Activities are designed to develop skills in teamwork and collaboration, problem solving, communication, organization and planning, ethics, networking, personal development, and leadership. Participants gain an increased awareness of how leadership affects all aspects of life.
Once selected, participants have the opportunity to attend a Rotary Club meeting and give a brief presentation on one of the LYL sessions they have attended, providing students the experience of public speaking.
Some sessions involve out of town travel, giving Lowndes Young Leaders the chance to experience leadership in action outside of the immediate area. One overnight trip will be taken in the fall and one in the spring.
All applications must be turned in complete. No partial applications will be accepted. Complete application packets include:
- Digitally Signed Acknowledgement Form
- Recent Picture
- Complete Application
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
Twenty applicants are accepted to each class. Efforts will be made to maintain a fair distribution of schools represented.
Any 9th grade student living and attending school in Lowndes County is eligible to submit an application. The program is designed for students who have demonstrated leadership qualities in school and their communities.
The committee's review is final and all applications and scores will remain confidential. Members of the committee, and sponsors of LYL Board of Directors should not be contacted regarding the selection process.
When bus transportation is required, all students must ride the bus. Following the bus in individual vehicles will not be allowed.
Each session will be chaperoned by two or more committee members or volunteers. The use of cell phones will not be allowed during LYL sessions, however, students may use their cell phone to call for rides at the end of the day's session. If a student has a food allergy, he/she will be allowed to bring his or her own lunch to each session. Students must wear their LYL shirt to every session.
Full participation is expected. Students must be present for the entire session each month. Times may extend beyond 5 pm. and overnight trips are possible. Please be able to commit to the entire program before applying. Students may be granted up to two absences in the event of an emergency or major scheduling conflict. In the case of an unavoidable absence, the student must notify the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce office at least one day prior to the date of the session.
If a student incurs more than two absences, he or she will be dismissed from the program. Leaving early and/or arriving late may constitute an absence. This will be determined by the program coordinator on a case by case basis. Students are responsible for making up all missed school work. Students are required to have the permission of their principal/headmaster to participate in the program.
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