Rockdale Youth Leadership

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by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020

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Rockdale Youth Leadership logoThe Rockdale Youth Leadership (RYL) program is now accepting applications until Friday, October 9, 2020.  RYL, a collaboration of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and Rockdale County Public Schools, provides leadership development and community awareness training for 10th grade students in Rockdale County and is held from September through May.

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Aspiring youth leaders have the opportunity during the program to interact with community leaders, local elected officials, and school administrators to enhance their awareness of community needs and resources. Through interactive workshops, special tours, and community service projects, RYL participants will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become confident, caring leaders in their community and respective schools.

Participating students must be nominated by another student, parent, teacher, counselor, administrator, or by themself to participate in this year’s program.  Students must complete the application and have the reference forms completed by a counselor and a coach, teacher, or administrator at their school.

To be nominated for participation in RYL, students must have met the following criteria:

•    Demonstrate leadership potential. (school/community)
•    Minimum 2.5 GPA.
•    Student in good standing with clear attendance and behavior records. (We review high school attendance and discipline reports.)
•    Willing to participate in community service activities.
•    Willing to participate in all sessions after school including some Saturdays.
•    Willing to pursue a school leadership role following participation in the program.
•    Complete the application in its entirety.

Please review the entire RYL application packet to understand all of the requirements. The RYL Class of 2021 will kick-off on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 with an orientation session.  Please see the calendar below for details. (Dates subject to change.)  Accepted students must attend the orientation session along with at least one parent.

The RYL application deadline is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020.

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•    To submit an electronic copy of the application, complete the form, save it as Last Name, First Name, School - RYL Application and e-mail it to Deborah Neason at (work phone 770-761-1449)

Be sure that teacher and counselor references are sent in a timely manner, so the person making the reference can complete and return the form by the deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact your school's RYL contact:

Ms. Nancy Turney – Heritage High School,
Ms. Tami Maddox – Rockdale Career Academy, 
Mr. DJ Youngblood – Rockdale County High School, 
Ms. Tanya Cobb – Rockdale Magnet School, 
Ms. Candice Anderson – Salem High School.

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Rockdale Youth Leadership 2020-2021
Tentative Schedule*

October 9, 2020,  Applications Due, 5 p.m.
October 23, 2020,  Announce RYL class     
October 27, 2020,  Virtual Orientation – Microsoft Teams, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
November 6, 2020,  Leadership Retreat – Online, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
November 14, 2020,  Giving Back to Our Community, 8 a.m.  - 11 a.m.  
December 2, 2020,  Educating Our Community, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
January 2021,  Caring in Our Community, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
February 2021,     Leading Our State, 7 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
March 3, 2021,  Leading in Our Community, 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
March 2021,  Working in Our Community, 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
April 15, 2021,  Culture in Our Community, 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
April 26, 2021,  Graduation, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
TBD,  Dinner and Etiquette Instruction, TBD
TBD,  Teen Leadership Summit, 8 a.m. - 12 noon

Make up Meetings:  
•    Board of Education Meeting or County Commission Meeting
•    MLK Breakfast (January 20, 2020, Location TBA)
•    Spring Parent Academy (serve as volunteer minimum 3 hours)

*Dates/times subject to change. Complete schedule will be provided at Orientation.