GroupWe’re celebrating a truly moving anniversary at C5: For the 5th year in a row, more than 250 C5 Georgia students gathered together for a day of fellowship, learning and leading to participate in our yearly Youth Leadership Summit. It’s perhaps the event of the year for our students, bringing all C5 classes together to interact, share experiences, and focus their considerable energy for the upcoming school year. What’s on the program? Three sessions, each aligned with one of the three C5 tracks: college and career, community action, and leadership and social awareness.

Every year, everyone comes away with a wealth of energy and information designed to propel them forward into the busy year to come, but this year we added an extra layer to the experience: Alumni.

For the first year ever, we invited former students back to attend workshops geared just toward them. Kim McKinney led a workshop on Alumni engagement and heard ideas from current college students who want to stay involved in and support the C5 Georgia program. Stephanie Davage also led a workshop on Philanthropy. However, our alumni weren’t the only students to get a lesson in giving back—our 3rd and 4th year students, who are in 10th and 11th grades, had took part in a life-sized Life Game which focused on life choices and the importance of philanthropy. As they moved along the squares, they made decisions about which charities they would support, and if they would do so with time or treasure.

It’s a huge undertaking, and we’d like to thank United Parcel Service (UPS) for graciously accepting our swarm of students onto their corporate campus for the day for the second year running. C5 students learned first-hand why their tagline is, “We <3 Logistics,” as the day went flawlessly with the help of UPS employee and parent volunteers.

At the end of the day, we’d call year five a success. Students walked away with new information about transitioning from high school to college, learned what it means to find their passion to give back, and were coached in how to present themselves positively in the age of social media. Alumni renewed their connections to the organization and found new ways to give back. Everyone left with a renewed sense of community and commitment to a better future, and a whole lot of pride in C5 Georgia—as usual. Here’s to next year!

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