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Leadership Douglas

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Leadership Douglas is a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation. The mission of Leadership Douglas is to identify, encourage & develop leadership abilities so that its participants grow both personally & professionally.

Through presentations, discussions and work sessions, the program seeks to inspire those who are willing to get involved. Participants are given the opportunity to meet and interact with current community and business leaders throughout the program.

Participants in Leadership Douglas benefit from getting to know one another and from the exchange of ideas and experiences. The class members are exposed to these topics: Leadership, Government/Judicial, Economic Development, Social Services, Cultural Diversity, Education, Public Safety, Recreation, Water Resources and Arts and Culture.

DSCF9599Selection Process
25 students are selected each year to participate in this highly selective program. Applicants must complete a detailed application including skills, professional experience and community involvement. The time commitment for participants includes 10 full-day sessions from September – May, a graduation luncheon and homework assignments, and a service project. Attendance at all programs is mandatory.

Program Fee
Tuition for the 10 month program is $800 and includes the retreat, all sessions and materials, meals and transportation. It is important that applicants recognize that a serious commitment to make every class is required.

For more information about Leadership Douglas or the Leadership Douglas Alumni Program, please contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022. Applications for the 2018-19 program will be available in January 2018.

Youth Leadership Douglas

Fullscreen capture 472016 123345 PMYouth Leadership Douglas is a leadership training program grounded in community awareness, community service and in developing your personal potential to lead. Participants will acquire and broaden their knowledge of local government, business and civic activities through this leadership program.

Youth Leadership Douglas focuses on providing opportunities for participants to develop an understanding of the meaning and responsibilities of personal, organizational and community leadership as well as producing ethical leaders committed to active community involvement.

Selection Process
Current sophomores from any Douglas County high school (public, private and home school) are eligible to apply.  The Youth Leadership Douglas Program will take place during junior year. These students will then be interviewed by the YLD Co-Chairs in cooperation with the schools.

Class Structure
While the curriculum for each session is the same, multiple options are available for participation to accommodate extracurricular activities.

  • A five month program running in either the Fall or Spring with monthly meetings. A mandatory all day retreat will take place prior to the first session.
  • A six week Summer session meeting weekly during June. A mandatory all day retreat will take place prior to the first session.

Program Fee
Tuition for the program is $100, which includes the full-day retreat and all class expenses. Partial scholarships are available with a written request for funding detailing the reason for financial need. Applications for the 2018-19 school year will be available in January 2018.

For more information on this program, please contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022.

“Leadership Douglas is the perfect opportunity to broaden your own leadership style in an environment of trust and community. It not only lead me to become actively involved in local boards and committees, but showed me the importance of every individuals involvement, especially within an organization with continued value to us all, as the Douglas County Chamber.”

Kerry Rigdon, Leadership Douglas Class of 2013

“Youth Leadership Douglas opened so many doors for me as an individual. Not only did I develop long lasting friendships, but I also came to love the community where I live. As a college student, YLD helped me secure multiple scholarships and gave me the confidence to be a leader as I continue my education.”

Galia Sayyar, Youth Leadership Douglas Class of 2013

Youth Leadership Scholarship

DSCF9590The Douglas County Chamber Foundation presents the Chamber Leadership Scholarships annually to two high school seniors from Douglas County Schools (public or private) who have demonstrated their leadership in the community. The first place scholarship is $1,000 and the second place scholarship is $500.

The Chamber Board of Directors awards a $500 scholarship each year in recognition of the monthly luncheon speakers in the GreyStone Power Luncheon Series. The recipient is selected from the same criteria and selection pool as the Foundation Leadership Scholarship.

Application Requirements
 

  • Cumulative 3.5 grade point average or higher
  • Plan to attend an institution of higher learning
  • Demonstrated leadership experience through school, community activity or work experience
  • Complete a one-page essay on a leader he/she admires and the leadership qualities they exemplify.

For more information on the Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship, please contact Whitney Constien at 770.942.5022. Applications are available in early January each year.

“The Foundation Leadership Scholarship has played an integral part in assisting me in reaching my first semester collegiate goals. I humbly thank you for the generous investment you made in my life. I guarantee your investment will yield a high return.”

Kayla Evans, 2015 Foundation Leadership Scholar

Principal and Teacher 4 A Day

IMG_7183Principal 4 A Day and Teacher 4 A Day are programs adopted by Chamber President & CEO, Kali Boatright and DC School Superintendent, Dr. Gordon Pritz in 2011. Guest principals and teachers are exposed to the many exciting programs offered in the schools as well as gaining first-hand insight into the challenges that schools face on a daily basis.

Principal 4 A Day allows members of the business community to visit one of the 35 schools in Douglas County and shadow the principal for either a half day or a full day. Each school principal will be paired with a local member of the business community who will experience a typical day in the principal’s shoes.

Teacher 4 A Day is a similar concept but is open to the entire community – anyone can participate and walk in the shoes of a DCSS teacher for a half day.

For more information on these programs or to apply, contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022.

” Principal 4 A Day was a great day. I spent the morning with Angela Carter, Principal at Factory Shoals Middle School. This was a wonderful experience. Mrs. Carter was so pleasant and professional. She also has a great staff who were all so friendly and professional. Mrs. Carter is up and around the school throughout the morning, greeting the many children by their names. She was open about how she maintains a well run organization (school) and answered my many questions.

Thank you for this opportunity. My experience today has re-confirmed my belief that Douglas County schools are worthy of praise. ”

Christine Sampson, Principal 4 A Day Participant

NEW! Youth Leadership Douglas Mentor Program

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The Youth Leadership Douglas Mentor Program is highly interactive which permits participants to utilize their mentors for personal and professional growth. The Youth Leadership Douglas goals are:

  • To provide opportunities for participants to develop an understanding of the meaning and responsibilities of personal, organizational and community leadership.
  • To produce ethical leaders committed to active community involvement.

Current seniors from any Douglas County high school (both public and private) who have completed the YLD Program during their junior year are eligible to apply. The Youth Leadership Douglas Mentor Program will take place during the student’s senior year.

Class Structure
The Youth Leadership Douglas Mentor Program will adhere to the following meeting schedule:
The YLD Mentor Program is a four-month commitment. Mandatory meetings include:

  • Orientation/Kick-Off
  • Mid-Program meeting
  • End of Program meeting
  • Recognition Ceremony

 During the four-month period, mentors and mentees are requested to:

  • Follow the guidelines set in the YLD Mentor Program Handbook
  • Meet at least threetimes outside of the three scheduled Mentorship events
  • Complete book study activities and other assignments
  • Attend Chamber business and networking events together as schedules permit

Program Fee
The fee to participate in the program is $100, which includes all class expenses. Partial scholarships are available with a written request for funding detailing reasons for financial assistance. 

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