The Fulford Youth Leadership Academy began its fourth year recently, and 50 young people from David Emanuel Academy, Emanuel County Institute and Swainsboro High School participated. Held at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center at East Georgia State College, the program was expanded last year to include sophomores, juniors and seniors. The sessions offer students the opportunity to develop leadership skills through a mix of engaging presentations and interactive activities.
The December sessions focused on the nationally recognized “Real Colors” training, which offered students an effective tool for understanding human behavior and improving communication skills. Marnie Dekle and Angie Daughtry, both with the University of Georgia Extension Service, provided the training. Students discovered their own personal strengths, as well as the strengths of the other students. As a result, they learned to appreciate and value the viewpoints of others and to work more effectively with other people.
The spring sessions, to be held in April, will focus on the Youth Leadership in Action© Program developed by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia.