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Leadership Douglas

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Leadership Douglas is a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation. The mission of Leadership Douglas is to identify, encourage, and develop leadership abilities so that its participants grow both personally and professionally.

Through presentations, discussions, and work sessions, the program seeks to inspire those who are willing to get involved. Participants are given the opportunity to meet and interact with the current community and business leaders throughout the program.

Participants in Leadership Douglas benefit from getting to know one another and from the exchange of ideas and experiences. The class members are exposed to these topics: Leadership, Government/Judicial, Economic Development, Social Services, Cultural Diversity, Education, Public Safety, Recreation, Water Resources, and Arts and Culture.

25 participants are selected each year for this highly selective program. Applicants must DSC_0068 (1024x729)complete a detailed application including skills, professional experience, and community involvement. The time commitment for participants includes 10 full-day sessions from September – May, a graduation luncheon and homework assignments, and a service project. Attendance at all programs is mandatory.

Program Fee
Tuition for the 10-month program is $1,000 for Chamber Members and $1,200 for non-members. Tuition includes the retreat, all sessions, and materials, meals, and transportation. It is important that applicants recognize that a serious commitment to make every class is required.

For more information about Leadership Douglas or the Leadership Douglas Alumni Program, please contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022. 

Youth Leadership Douglas

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Youth Leadership Douglas focuses on providing opportunities for participants to develop an understanding of the meaning and responsibilities of personal, organizational, and community leaders as well as producing ethical leaders committed to active community involvement.

Selection Process
Current sophomores from any Douglas County high school (public, private, and home school) are eligible to apply.  The Youth Leadership Douglas Program will take place during junior year. These students will then be interviewed by the YLD Co-Chairs in cooperation with the schools.

Class Structure
While the curriculum for each session is the same, multiple options are available for participation to IMG_6671 (1)accommodate extracurricular activities. A five-month program running in either the Fall or Spring with monthly meetings. A mandatory all-day retreat will take place prior to the first session.

Program Fee
Tuition for the program is $100, which includes the full-day retreat and all class expenses. Partial scholarships are available with a written request for funding detailing the reason for financial need. 

For more information on this program, please contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022.

“Leadership Douglas was really the catalyst into falling in love with Douglasville. Our community is very uneducated about how wonderful we truly are. I love Douglasville even more know that I know so much about our town, our counties and all that we do and are doing! I recommend highly LD to any who visits, lives, does business in or frequents Douglasville.”

Melissa Stallings, Leadership Douglas Class of 2018

“Youth Leadership Douglas was a wonderful program! I learned so much about my community as well as leadership skills. I enjoyed getting to know all my fellow students and made some really great friends. The leaders were also so kind and helpful anytime I needed help or had questions! I can see so much benefit in this program for anyone who completes it. From gathering points for presentations to visiting small businesses in the area and even the Water & Sewer Authority, the YLD program is helping develop the next generation of skillful leaders. “

Savannah Ledbetter, Youth Leadership Douglas 2018 Student

Principal 4 A Day

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Principal 4 A Day allows members to partner with the Douglas County School System and Brighten Academy for the tenth annual “Principal 4 a Day” on Monday, March 8th, through Friday, March 12th.  This program allows members of the business community to virtually visit one of the 37 schools in Douglas County or Brighten Academy and shadow the principal for a half day.

For more information on these programs or to apply, contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022.

Teacher 4 A Day

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Teacher 4 a Day 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Teacher 4 a Day allows members of the business community to visit one of the 37 schools in Douglas County and Brighten Academy and shadow a teacher for either a half day. A teacher will be paired with a local member of the business community who will experience a typical day in the teacher’s shoes.

For more information about this program, contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022.

“Principal 4 a Day is an excellent opportunity to broaden your knowledge about the community as it pertains to our school systems! Prior to participating, I had no conception of how much time, energy, and resources our teachers/administrators put in to each and every day for the youth in our community. It was truly fascinating to gain an inside perspective and to see first hand what an outstanding job the Douglas County School System is doing! “

Elena Hudson, Principal 4 A Day Participant

“It was a real pleasure to experience the PFAD at Chestnut Log Middle School as the guest of Principal Dr. Nicole Hayes. I was very impressed by the respect and mannerisms displayed by all of the students and also the professionalism and commitment exhibited by the school staff. This is a direct result of Dr. Hayes’ approach of leadership by respect and not intimidation style as stated by Staff member Ms. Harper, which was quite evident throughout our walk-about.”

HB Brantley

Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarships


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The Douglas County Chamber Foundation presents the Chamber Leadership Scholarships annually to two high school seniors in Douglas County Schools who have demonstrated their leadership in the community. The first place scholarship is $1,000 and the second-place scholarship is $500.

The Chamber Board of Directors awards a $500 scholarship each year in honor of the monthly luncheon speakers in the GreyStone Power Luncheon Series. The recipient is selected from the same criteria and selection pool as the Foundation Leadership Scholarship.

Application Requirements

  • Cumulative 3.5-grade point average or higher
  • Plan to attend an institution of higher learning
  • Demonstrated leadership experience through school, community activity or work experience
  • Complete a one-page essay on a leader he/she admires and the leadership qualities they exemplify.
  • Submit two recommendation letters, one by a representative from school and one by a member of the business community.

For more information on the Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship, please contact the Chamber at 770.942.5022.

“I am so appreciative of this great honor and award. Youth Leadership Douglas was such a great experience for me, and has helped shape me into the person and leader that I am today. I am thankful to the chamber for this wonderful scholarship that will be used towards my education at the University of Georgia.”

Makenna Otten, 2020 Foundation Leadership Scholar

Youth Leadership Douglas Mentor Program

YLD Mentor Program Overview

The Youth Leadership Douglas Mentor Program is highly interactive which permits participants to utilize their mentors for personal and professional growth. The Youth Leadership Douglas goals are:

  • To provide opportunities for participants to develop an understanding of the meaning and responsibilities of personal, organizational and community leadership.
  • To produce ethical leaders committed to active community involvement.

Current seniors from any Douglas County high school (both public and private) who have completed the YLD Program during their junior year are eligible to apply. The Youth Leadership Douglas Mentor Program will take place during the student’s senior year.

Class Structure
The Youth Leadership Douglas Mentor Program will adhere to the following meeting schedule:
The YLD Mentor Program is a four-month commitment. Mandatory meetings include:

  • Orientation/Kick-Off
  • Mid-Program meeting
  • End of Program meeting
  • Recognition Ceremony

 During the four-month period, mentors and mentees are requested to:

  • Follow the guidelines set in the YLD Mentor Program Handbook
  • Meet at least three times outside of the three scheduled Mentorship events
  • Complete book study activities and other assignments
  • Attend Chamber business and networking events together as schedules permit

Program Fee
The fee to participate in the program is $100, which includes all class expenses. Partial scholarships are available with a written request for funding detailing reasons for financial assistance.

Applications for the next program will be available in April 2020.

“It has been beneficial for me to talk to someone with the same interests as me that has already gone through what I have ahead of me. My mentor has given me excellent advice that will help me for years to come.”

Devon Boatright, YLD Mentor Participant 2017

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