Students at Coffee County Central High School will soon have the opportunity to participate in a leadership development program sponsored by Chick-Fil-A restaurant.
“This is a very new program (for us),” said faculty program coordinator Lacey Fults. “Basically, Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy is meant to reach those kids that have leadership abilities but haven’t found the opportunity to do so.”
She explained that many students show leadership potential, but are often unsure of where they fit in or maybe lack the confidence to share their ideas. This program is geared for them.
Students will meet for monthly leader labs, which will culminate in a final project that the students will choose and implement. Chick-fil-A provides the curriculum and lab materials.
“The leader labs will train them to see what needs to be changed and find a creative way to do that,” Fults said.
The program is open to juniors and sophomores with teacher recommendations.
“Teachers have recommended (applications are ongoing) the students that have the ability to lead but maybe aren’t involved in as much. They have the potential to do it — just haven’t had the opportunity to be a leader.”
A kickoff event will be held Sept. 26. The leadership program will accommodate 10-30 students. Recommendations are still coming in, so the number of participants is not set.
Fults said that the kickoff event will include Chick-fil-A food, plus, as part of the program, participants will receive a free sandwich card to give to a leader who inspires them.