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Rockdale Youth Leadership deadline September 1, 2017
Posted on 08/28/2017
RYL logoThe Rockdale Youth Leadership (RYL) program is now accepting applications until Friday, September 1, 2017.  RYL, a collaboration of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and Rockdale County Public Schools, provides leadership development and community awareness training for 10th grade students in Rockdale County and is held from September 2017 through May 2018.

Click here to download the application.

Aspiring youth leaders have the opportunity during the program to interact with community leaders, local elected officials, and school administrators to enhance their awareness of community needs and resources. Through interactive workshops, special tours, and community service projects, RYL participants will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become confident, caring leaders in their community and respective schools.

Participating students must be nominated by another student, parent, teacher, counselor, administrator, or by themself to participate in this year’s program.  Students must complete the application and have the reference forms completed by a counselor and a coach, teacher, or administrator at their school.

To be nominated for participation in RYL, students must have met the following criteria:

•    Demonstrate leadership potential. (school/community)
•    Minimum 2.5 GPA.
•    Student in good standing with clear attendance and behavior records. (We review high school attendance and discipline reports.)
•    Willing to participate in community service activities.
•    Willing to participate in all sessions after school including some Saturdays.
•    Willing to pursue a school leadership role following participation in the program.
•    Complete the application in its entirety.

Please review the entire RYL application packet to understand all of the requirements. The RYL Class of 2018 will kick-off on Tuesday, September 26, with an orientation session.  Please see the calendar below for details. (Dates subject to change.)  Accepted students must attend the orientation session along with at least one parent.

The RYL application deadline is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.

Click here to download the application.

Applications may be submitted electronically or as a hard copy.

•    Electronic copy:  To submit an electronic copy of the application, complete the form, save it with your name in the file name, and e-mail it to DJ Youngblood at [email protected] (work phone 770-483-8737 ext. 29102)

•    Hard copy:  To submit a hard copy of the application, complete the form and return it to DJ Youngblood, RMSST, 930 Rowland Road, Conyers, Georgia 30012.  Must be received by the deadline. 

Be sure that teacher and counselor references are sent in a timely manner, so the person making the reference can complete and return the form by the deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact your school's RYL contact:

Nancy Turney – Heritage High School,
Tami Maddox – Rockdale Career Academy, 
Karen Hardy – Rockdale County High School, 
Lauren Lewin – Rockdale Magnet School, 
Cecile Cooper – Salem High School.

Or contact Tami Maddox, RCPS Work-Based Learning & Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator, 678-584-3080 (work cell) or [email protected]
Click here to download the application.

Rockdale Youth Leadership 2017-2018
Tentative Schedule*

September 1, 2017, RYL Application Deadline
September 15, 2017, Announce RYL class     
September 26, 2017, Orientation – RCA Auditorium, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
October 12, 2017, Leadership Retreat - RCA, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
October 23, 2017, Protecting Our Community, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
November 6, 2017, Working in Our Community, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.**
November 11, 2017, Teen Leadership Summit at RCA, 8 a.m. - 12 noon
November 30, 2017, Dinner and Etiquette Instruction, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
January 11, 2018, Caring in Our Community, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
February 6, 2018, Leading Our State, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
February 14, 2017, Leading in Our Community, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
March 1, 2018, Culture in Our Community, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
March 13, 2018, Educating Our Community, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
April 14, 2017, Giving Back to Our Community, 8 a.m.  - 11 a.m.  
April 30, 2018, Graduation - RCA, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Make up Meetings:  
•    Board of Education Meeting or County Commission Meeting
•    MLK Breakfast (January 15, 2018, at Longhorn's Steakhouse)
•    Fall Parent Academy (serve as volunteer minimum 3 hours) – September 23, 2017
•    Spring Parent Academy (serve as volunteer minimum 3 hours) – March 10, 2018

*Dates/times subject to change.  Complete schedule will be provided at Orientation.
**Early Release Day – Students will ride bus from home school to RCA.  
Parents will pick-up students at RCA.