April 26, 2023
Prince Students Complete Youth Leadership Athens Program
Prince high school students, juniors Mimi Culpepper and Leila Todd and sophomore Timothy Furlow represented Prince Avenue Christian School in this year’s Youth Leadership Athens (YLA) group.
YLA is a multi-month leadership program that exists to help students develop leadership skills, become more aware of problems in their community, and combine their skills and awareness to make a difference in the city of Athens.
YLA students are accepted into the program through a competitive application process that seeks Athens-area sophomores and juniors who are looking to develop their leadership skills. Mimi, Leila, and Timothy participated in 6 sessions throughout the program: a leadership retreat, community volunteering, an exploration of the Athens-Clarke County government, an arts adventure, a tour of important economic machines, and a graduation ceremony.
Mimi, Leila, and Timothy participated in YLA with peers from numerous schools in the Athens area and made connections with other students they would not have met otherwise. They were also given the opportunity to interact with numerous volunteer, community, and business leaders in the Athens area in order to become more involved and integrated in their city.
On Sunday, March 26th, the group celebrated the completion of YLA with a formal graduation. Each student shared a brief account of their experience with their YLA peers and other community representatives. Combined with the leadership skills and education Prince Avenue strives to offer its students, Mimi, Leila, and Timothy will carry important leadership skills with them throughout their experience at Prince Avenue and into the next chapter of their lives.
Pictured Left to Right: Head of School Seth Hathaway, Mimi Culpepper, Timothy Furlow, Leila Todd, and Dean of Academics Jennifer Williams