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The Leadership Academy

group shot For twenty-three years, the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation's Leadership Academy has been preparing metro Atlanta's talented young people of color for college, career, and lifelong leadership. Over the course of our students' junior and senior years in high school, the Leadership Academy develops and teaches skills and principles in five areas:

• Leadership
• Critical Thinking
• Entrepreneurship
• Community Service and Civic Engagement
• College and Career Readiness.


accepting applications The MJYF Leadership Academy provides a unique opportunity for students to gain valuable real world experience while also pursuing academic excellence. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the Leadership Academy you may download an application by clicking HERE.


Benefits of The Leadership Academy

Hundreds of metro Atlanta high school students have completed the MJYF Leadership Academy and every one has earned the opportunity to attend a college or university. Leadership Academy alumni have gone on to careers in business, government, law, medicine, education, and social services. The Leadership Academy meets two Saturdays per month from October to June of each year. The semi-monthly meetings include speakers, hands-on projects, cultural events, workshops, and field trips. Students in the Leadership Academy… group shot
  • Acquire the skills to become a leader in the community
  • Participate in community service projects
  • Prepare for college
  • Participate in a three-day educational trip where they meet with elected officials and business leaders at prominent businesses, tour colleges and universities, and visit popular tourist sites.
  • Earn a Leadership Academy Certificate upon completion of the program


How to Apply for
The Leadership Academy

To be eligible to apply, students must be:
  • 11th grade students, in good standing
  • Enrolled in and attending full-time a high school in Atlanta Public Schools or another public school district in Fulton, Clayton, DeKalb or Douglas counties
  • Self-identified as being of color, including multi-racial;
  • Recognized as having leadership potential
  • Nominated by the principal, guidance counselor, or teacher at their school.
Request a nomination form by clicking HERE. Applications for the next Leadership Academy class are accepted in October of each year. There is NO fee to participate this program. A full program scholarship is awarded to each student accepted into the program.
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