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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

2019-2020 Cobb Youth Leadership Co-Chairs

Anna Emerson Robert Stephens
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Cobb Youth Leadership Vice Co-Chairs

Felecia Reynders
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Scott Wright
524 Creative

Cobb Youth Leadership Steering Committee

Sonya Allen
Cobb County Sherriff's Office

Tripp Boyer
Boyer Wealth Management

Brittany Brownlee
The Walker School

Daniel Buyers, Jr.
Walton High School

Riley Davis
Mount Paran Christian School

Vibhav Kanyadan
Wheeler High School

Rahel Kefetew
North Cobb High School

Brett McClung
McClung & Associates, P.C.

Audrey McNeal
Harrison High School

Tim Milligan
City of Marietta Fire Department

Ruth Mulroy
The Walker School

Lori Palmgren
Walton High School

Tammy Palmgren
Kaiser Permanente

Julie Peck
Heartland Payment Systems

Chandler Quigley
North Cobb Christian School

Anant Rajan
Walton High School

Christine Reliford
Retired – United States Marine Corps

Philip Tarrer
The Classical School

Derrick Vincent
Jacobs Engineering


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