Leaders by Design, Connected by Choice

Sep 16, 2015 | All School, Impact, Media Galleries, Multiplier, Uncategorized

IMG_5298Four of our own were inducted into the fifth class of Youth Leadership Sandy Springs (YLSS) in August – MVPS juniors Jacob Buck, Brooks Langley, A.J. Whitney and Mia Whitney. They join 36 students from 10 other schools for a year of leadership training and civic engagement programs.
YLSS is where business, government, nonprofits, religious and citizen leaders come together to learn, engage and participate to make Sandy Springs a vibrant place to live and work – also designed to encourage the next generation of community leaders.
This community-focused leadership program for high school sophomores and juniors teaches leadership skills while students explore the issues facing their community, interact with business and civic leaders, and discover opportunities for service. Student leaders are poised learn about Sandy Springs, with unique opportunities to meet with city leaders at city hall, conduct a mock trial, get a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement, go to jail, explore the Chattahoochee River and city parks, meet with developers and city planners to redevelop the city center and work at non-profits.
In the spring, after investigating the needs of our community, all 40 students will collaborate on a joint service project which will make an immediate impact.

Benefitting from the opportunity to be among 40 student leaders from 11 schools in Sandy Springs, our students are a part of the largest YLSS class since the program began in 2010-2011 with 22 public school students and 18 private school students. 20 boys and 20 girls. Other schools include Riverwood, North Springs, Weber, Holy Spirit, Holy Innocents, Atlanta Girls School, Galloway, St. Pius, Westminster, and Pace.
Expanding the MV footprint, Chip Houston, Head of Middle School, is a board member for Leadership Sandy Springs and a member of the Youth Leadership Sandy Springs Advisory Committee, a division of LSS.