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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

2018-2019 Cobb Youth Leadership Co-Chairs

Chris Fields
MUST Ministries
Becky Shipley
Northeast Cobb YMCA


Cobb Youth Leadership Vice Co-Chairs

Anna Emerson
The School Box
Robert Stephens
CFO Navigator

Cobb Youth Leadership Steering Committee

Sonya Allen
Cobb County Sherriff's Office

Megha Dilip
Walton High School

Jude Dooley
West Cobb YMCA

Abby Gardner
Mount Paran Christian School

Kiran Gourisankar
Campbell High School

Hannah Jackson
Kell High School

Mary Johnson
The Walker School

Max Leiter
Marietta High School

Lauren Hopkins
Harrison High School

Brian Marcos
Smyrna Fire Department

Tim Milligan
City of Marietta Fire Department

Tammy Palmgren
Kaiser Permanente

Christine Reliford

Devin Rowley
Campbell High School

Erin Sheehan
College Football Hall of Fame

John Tarrer
The Classical School

Thomas Tucker
North Cobb Christian School

Scott Wright
524 Creative


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