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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

2016-2017 Cobb Youth Leadership Co-Chairs

Tricia Newton
Image Manufacturing Group
Jason Sleeman
Fifth Third Bank


Cobb Youth Leadership Vice Co-Chairs

Jodi Martin
Andy Smith
Campbell High School

Cobb Youth Leadership Steering Committee

Zaire Bartholomew
Allatoona High School

Harper Melnick 
Walton High School

Tripp Boyer 
Wells Fargo

Dean Minta 
Hillgrove High School

Darion Dunn 
Buckhead CID

Ed Robbins
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Livia Gobbi 
Walton High School

Becky Shipley 
McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA

Derek Goshay
Lassiter High School

Debbie Ponder 
Integrity Extinguishers

Kari Hackett 
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Ria Thakkar 
Wheeler High School

Asia Hypsher 
Marietta High School


Hannah Manning 
The Walker School



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