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CYL Class Notes

Cobb Youth Leadership 2016-2017

Cobb Youth Leadership Class of 2017 has had an outstanding year so far! The last few months have been full of new friendships and opportunities to grow leadership skills. Listed below are some highlights from the program days and evenings.

  • Orientation - We kicked off the year riding roller coasters and hearing about following your passions in your career calling from Dale Kaetzel, Park President and our host at Six Flags Over Georgia.
  • Fall Retreat - Next, we headed to Camp Winshape for our Fall Retreat. The students and adults participated in team building exercises, games, lip sync battles and finished our weekend off learning about our Myers Briggs profiles with the always popular Linda Beggs. It was fun to see the students begin to bond and meet new friends from all across Cobb County.
  • Public Safety Evening - During our first evening program we visited the Cobb County Public Safety Training Facility. The students rotated through various stations throughout the evening to see how the men and women who serve our county through the fire, ems and police forces train. We hope they learned some valuable lessons and walked away with a new appreciation for the people who protect us.
  • Community Service Evening - November took us to MUST Ministries and we kicked off our evening with a powerful and inspiring message from MUST CEO, Dr. Ike Reighard. Students had collected clothing, including coats that were donated to MUST. We learned about other community organizations working with students at need in our schools and reaching out to those with no home in our communities. We rounded out our night lending a hand to projects that would help MUST's daily food service, school lunch program and making blanket's with Brenda Rhodes of Simple Needs GA.
  • Health & Wellness Night - December led us to Health & Wellness Night and a chance to learn some healthy nutrition, fitness and safety tips to kick off the new year. The always fun Strong For Life program presented by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta brought a fun and engaging presentation to our students that ended with the students teaching the adults how to do a mannequin challenge. Our student who chose to pose in the push-up position might have regretted his pose by the end! We closed out the night with a yoga session that had everyone leaving a little more relaxed and focused to tackle those end of semester exams and the busy Holiday season.
  • Military Night - In January we visited Dobbins Air Force Base for Military Evening. We were honored to have several distinguished military service members from Dobbins and DCMA Command at Lockheed spend time with our students explaining their roles in the military & their paths to get there, the role Dobbins plays in our community and sharing some of the more exciting aspects of the training exercises our military performs. 
  • International Night - February's theme was International Night and we were treated to some fantastic international cuisine at Kennesaw State University. In addition to learning more about the various study abroad programs we were joined by this year's class of student's participating in KSU's Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. It was interesting to hear from the international students their first impressions of America & what they were looking forward to visiting. It was moving to hear them speak of learning about the Civil Rights movement in our country and how impressed they were that we choose to honor a difficult time in our Nation's history and celebrate progress. I think we all walked away grateful for the freedoms we have that many of their home countries don't grant. Our night continued with learning more about Atlanta's international business presence, hearing from an International Food & Travel writer and of course we can't forget our Bollywood dance lessons. Watch out Cobb County Proms!
  • Life Skills & Leadership Lessons - Our March program focused on Life Skills & Leadership Lessons. Students learned about resume writing and interviewing tips and participated in group activities designed to teach lessons in communication and leadership. Who knew that trying to build with lego's could teach a valuable lesson? We ended our night with Kevin Scott, a sought-after speaker and author sharing leadership lessons & giving our students some challenges as they think about college and life beyond.
  • Spring Retreat - We will finish our year with our Spring Retreat at Stone Mountain. It's been a fun-filled year. We also want to thank our year-long sponsor, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Pam Younker has so generously given her time to be at programs and bring great messages and the resources of Children's to our Cobb County students.


Thank you to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, our presenting sponsor for the 2016-2017 Cobb Youth Leadership year!

For additional information on Cobb Youth Leadership, please contact Katie Guice at