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Cobb Youth Leadership

The Leadership Cobb Alumni Association (LCAA) sponsors Cobb Youth Leadership (CYL), a leadership program for rising high school juniors that focuses on developing leadership skills through interactive participation. This program was created in 1989 to provide students a unique opportunity to learn about their community as well as meet and interact with students from other high schools.

Students attending public or private high schools or home-school students in Cobb County must complete and submit applications for CYL in the spring of their sophomore year. Applications are reviewed by the CYL Steering Committee and approximately 50 students are chosen for the class. Students participate in the program during their junior year of high school.

For more information about CYL, contact Katie Guice at 770-859-2334 or

Presenting Sponsor

2017-2018 Cobb Youth Leadership Co-Chairs

Jodi Martin
Andy Smith
Campbell High School


Cobb Youth Leadership Vice Co-Chairs

Chris Fields
MUST Ministries
Becky Shipley
Northeast Cobb YMCA

Cobb Youth Leadership Steering Committee

Carmen Chubb
Georgia Department
of Community Affairs

Cassi Costoulas
Earl Smith Strand Theatre

Jude Dooley
McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA

Anna Emerson
The School Box

Chris Fields
MUST Ministries

Julia Grace
Fields Harrison High School

Malik Freeman
South Cobb High School

Katie Guice
Cobb Chamber

Mikalah Jenifer
The Lovett School

Jodi Martin

Tim Milligan
City of Marietta Fire Department

Grace Mulroy
The Walker School

Sean Nesmith
The Walker School

Olivia Seabaugh
Kennesaw Mountain High School

Erin Sheehan
Atlanta Braves

Chandler Sherry
George Walton High School

Becky Shipley
Northeast Cobb YMCA

Andy Smith
Campbell High School

Robert Stephens
CFO Navigator

Loren Tsang
Pope High School

Jared Walker
Marietta High School

Anna Worden
Marietta High School

Mark Zangari
Dollar Wise Cartridge


Frequently Asked Questions about CYL

What are some of the activities of CYL?
Through approximately five evening programs during the course of the school year participants in the CYL program are introduced to local, state and national leaders. They also receive information on the responsibility, ethics and tools for effective leadership. The monthly programs run from August through April. Students also participate in two retreats where they focus on team building, personality inventories and additional leadership topics such as cultural diversity and community service.

When does CYL meet?
An orientation takes place in August along with a Fall Retreat in September. Following the retreat, evening programs are held monthly September through March. The year concludes with a spring retreat held in late March/early April.

What costs are associated with being a part of CYL?
Current tuition for selected students is $650.

Who is in charge of CYL?
CYL is governed by a steering committee comprised of Leadership Cobb Alumni and high school seniors as recent graduates of CYL.

How does someone learn more about CYL?
Contact the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association through the Cobb Chamber, or contact Katie Guice at 770-859-2334 or

How can someone provide assistance to CYL?
By serving on the CYL Steering Committee, providing financial assistance to a candidate who is unable to pay the tuition or by sponsoring a program for CYL