21st Century Leaders, Inc.

Inspiring Youth to Lead

aka 21st Century Leaders   |   Decatur, GA   |  http://www.21stcenturyleaders.org

Mission

21st Century Leaders (21CL) is a non-profit organization that connects, transforms, and inspires high school students across Georgia to leverage diversity, explore career opportunities, and become leaders in their school, community, and ultimately the workforce.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Directors

Mrs. Kate Hewitt

Main address

P.O. Box 1125

Decatur, GA 30031 USA

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Formerly known as

Georgia Business Forum, Inc.

EIN

58-1820875

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 1989, a group of executives saw two growing trends within their companies, 1) the need to prepare more managers and workers for increased leadership responsibility, and 2) the need for employees ready and able to cross class and racial barriers to work together. They believed the key to meeting these needs was building the next generation of leaders by providing young people with the training, guidance and encouragement necessary to enter college and the workforce with a highly developed set of leadership skills, and thus 21st Century Leaders, formerly The Georgia Business Forum, was established.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Year-round Programs and Training

Annually, 21st Century Leaders participants are provided: -12 days of residential training on college campuses, (a one-week series of interactive workshops, corporate tours, and roundtable sessions with business leaders), and retreat centers, (conferences which center on topics such as community service, ethics and diversity); - Multiple opportunities for students to put their new skills to work as they plan school-wide service projects and organize seminars and programs for other students at their schools; - Promotion of career exploration and community development experiences through meetings with professionals; - Experiences which teach students the importance of effective communication and teamwork; - Encouragement at an early age to network with other young leaders across the state. - Manage and maintain a series of business enterprises.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

A three-year online career and leadership exploratory program designed to prepare students for college and the workforce

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

School-based youth-led clubs that encourage peer mentoring, online career and academic exploration, and community service projects that serve the specific needs of students' communities. Each 21CLub engages more than 200 students in over 1,000 hours of community service each academic year.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

21CL offers three exclusive one-week residential summer leadership institutes, expanding students leadership skills and exposing them to various businesses and industries throughout the state of Georgia. Students also meet a diverse group of their peers from all across the state. Each leadership institute engages students through interactive workshops, corporate tours, round-tables with business leaders, and team-building exercises. Plus, students are exposed to post-secondary education as the residential program is held on college-campuses.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

21CL offers live leadership training during the school year for students with a one-day to two-day summit in the Fall and Spring semester. The summits continue to develop those leadership skills while also exploring a career industry and the opportunities students may not have been exposed to.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

Where we work

Awards

MLK Community Service Award 2019

Emory University's Goizueta Business School & Rollins School of Public Health

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To ensure high school students across the state of Georgia are prepared to assume leadership roles in their schools, communities and beyond.

To connect high school students to a diverse group of peers, professionals, ideas and organizations.

To transform students' skill sets, ideas, and attitudes.

To inspire youth to lead.

To foster developmental programming that supports and improves school performance, social relationships, responsibility, and life skills.

To increase high school students' self-efficacy, self-esteem, and confidence in their ability to lead.

We provide students with robust and stimulating experiential learning designed to increase their teamwork skills, critical thinking, and knowledge. 21CL also provides student with the training, guidance and encouragement to enter college and the workforce with a highly developed set of skills and qualities. Students leave our program embodying five core values: passionate, resourceful, service-oriented, ability to leverage diversity, and forward thinking. Our programs include: year-round in school training, three (3) week-long summer residential institutes, two (2) weekend summits, and an online learning platform, Leadership Connect.

21st Century Leaders’ strength and distinction lie in the engagement of business leaders and professionals as volunteers, the retooling of high-level corporate leadership training programs for our program delivery model, and an unyielding commitment to the power of diversity. Throughout our history, 21st Century Leaders has connected thousands of Georgia youth and business and professional volunteers for one purpose – to inspire the next generation of leaders to lead our businesses and our communities. 21CL engages more than 500 volunteers from the business, educational, and non-profit sectors to provide hands-on opportunities, workshops and training to students.

Together with our donors and partners, 21st Century Leaders (21CL) has served more than 14,000 high school students from over 250 Georgia high schools since programs began in 1991 by providing students with training, guidance, and encouragement necessary to enter college and the workforce with highly developed set of leadership skills and qualities. 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of the organization so we are looking towards the future and where we can take our programs. We are investing back in our alumni while continuing to provide excellent high-impact programs to our high school students.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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21st Century Leaders, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Kevin Sessions

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Patrick Solomon

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Danette Johnson

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Tunstall Rushton

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Danny Lindsey

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Katelyn Fredericks

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Corey Dortch

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Tyrone Johnson

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No