The Douglas County Chamber Foundation on Tuesday announced the selection of 43 students from the community to serve as the Youth Leadership Douglas (YLD) students for the 2020-21 school year. The group is comprised of juniors in local Douglas County high schools and private schools.

Youth Leadership Douglas gives students the opportunity to acquire and broaden their knowledge of not only social and business etiquette but also of local government, business and civic activities through a five-month leadership program. They will visit public safety facilities and local businesses, learn about history and culture, water resources, and develop leadership skills. This program also provides students with personal development opportunities that cater to each individual.

Students completed a competitive application and interview process and over 40 students were selected from Alexander, Douglas County, Chapel Hill, Lithia Springs, New Manchester High Schools, and Harvester Christian Academy. The program will consist of Fall and Spring sessions. Co-Chairs, Kimmy Yon, from Youth Villages Inner Harbour and Aaron Szarowicz from the City of Douglasville, will lead the students through the program. The program is coordinated by Ruby Byers, from the DC Chamber, Whitney Lester and Dr. Tawyna Bailey from the Douglas County School System.

There is no availability in the program for the 2020-21 school year. Applications for the 2021-22 program will be available to high school sophomores in February 2021. For more information on this program, visit www.douglascounty