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Wednesday June 1st, 2016 3:45AM

Suwanee begins youth leadership program

By Staff
SUWANEE - The City of Suwanee is launching a new youth leadership initiative to build up young leaders in the community and outside the classroom. The nine-month Suwanee Youth Leaders program will begin in January. Applications are available at suwanee.com; the application deadline is October 25.

The program is designed for high school sophomores and juniors in the North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge clusters, including students who attend private or home-based schools.

Suwanee is developing the program, says Economic and Community Development Director Denise Brinson, in response to the City s 20/20 Vision strategic plan, adopted last year, which calls for encouraging youth involvement in civic and community planning.

We want our youth to have a strong voice and active role in planning the City s success, says Brinson.  Young people are the future of our community, and we want to engage their energy, enthusiasm, and ability to think outside the box. Our program is meant to complement programs offered through the schools while also providing a direct link to civic and community leaders.

Brinson says the program will help students develop team-building, communication, and leadership skills. The initiative will include monthly programs and small-group meetings and will culminate with hands-on community service opportunities.

For more information, visit suwanee.com or contact Denise Brinson at denise@suwanee.com 770/945-8996.
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