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Leadership Douglas

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Download the Leadership Douglas 2019-2020 Application.

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

DSC_007725 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. 

Youth Leadership Douglas

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Youth 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.

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. 

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

“My biggest win from Leadership Douglas was the new appreciation I have for my community. I was already in love with Douglasville, but now I can talk about it with solid evidence as to why we are the cream of the crop. The Chamber has taken the time to curate a detailed program that kept me engaged the entire time. This is a priceless opportunity to dig your heels into the community with an unforgettable experience that results in lifelong friends and connections. Now when I attend events one of the first things I am proud to announce is that I am a Leadership Douglas Alumni!”

Coriya Falker, Leadership Douglas Class of 2017

“My time spent in the Leadership Douglas Program was like finding a diamond in the rough. I found new friends and new family members. The program allowed me to fine tune my leadership skills and increase my knowledge of Douglas County. It’s a small commitment that leads to having a huge impact on your life.”

Tonya Jackson, Leadership Douglas Class of 2015

“During the summer of 2016 I participated in the Youth Leadership Douglas program through the Douglas County Chamber. The program was a fun experience being able to collaborate with other high school students in the community. Throughout the six week camp I learned valuable leadership skills through team building exercises as we learned about the different entities that make up Douglas County. All together the program was an asset gave me skills and connections that aloud to get a job and get accepted into college. “

Myles Davis, Youth Leadership Douglas 2016 Student

Principal and Teacher 4 A Day


Principal 4 A Day allows members of the business community to visit one of the 36 schools in Douglas County and Brighten Academy 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 in the spring.

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

“This was a great opportunity to see the unique challenges and amazing rewards that leaders in education are faced with daily. Ms. French at Mason Creek Elementary is a true example of how solid leadership and true passion for education leads to the foundation of a high achieving school.”

Nadia Faucette, Principal 4 A Day Participant

Youth Leadership Scholarships

DSC_0010The Douglas County Chamber Foundation presents the Chamber Leadership Scholarships annually to two high school seniors in Douglas County Schools 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 honor 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.
  • Submit two recommendation letters, one by a representative from school and one by a member of the business community.

For more information on the Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship, please contact Ruby Byers 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

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 three times 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.

Applications for the next program will be available in April 2019.

“It has been beneficial for me to talk to someone with the same interests as me that has already gone through what I have ahead of me. My mentor has given me excellent advice that will help me for years to come.”

Devon Boatright, YLD Mentor Participant 2017

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