C5 Georgia’s program travels along a natural arc: The first year, our students learn to lead themselves. The second year, they learn to lead others. And in the third year, they move beyond, expanding their horizons and implementing those leadership skills through experiences they’ll never forget. One of the ways they do this is by being part of event-specific committees, like our Youth Service Day.

Held every year and open to every class, Youth Service Day is completely student led and chaired. Our committee formed in November, and has been working tirelessly to plan and execute the event, and inclusive experience that will be attended by C5 Georgia students from every current year.

This year, we offered our help to the American Lung Association for the Fight for Air Climb on April 18th. It was a great experience—more than just a walk or run, a real physical accomplishment that saw participants tackling 51 floors in one of Atlanta’s tallest buildings, 191 Peachtree. Our students assisted with race and runner logistics throughout the day and one of our students, Hammer Devin Maxwell served as our Service Day board’s elected chairperson, in charge of planning the day and organizing students.

Devin chose the event himself, from a list of more than fifty events going on in Atlanta that day. “I really liked the event and what the American Lung Association was doing. It was creative, I thought it’d be cool, and I wanted it to be fun, too,” he said. He also had some thoughts (and initial misgivings) about being thrust into a leadership role: “I’m not much older than the Flint class, so when I had to plan things for them to do, it was a little weird. I just made sure this was an event they’ll remember, something that would really teach them what community service is.”

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