21st Century Leaders, Inc.

Inspiring Youth to Lead

aka 21st Century Leaders   |   Decatur, GA   |  http://www.21stcenturyleaders.org

Mission

21st Century Leaders (21CL) is a non-profit organization that connects, transforms, and inspires high school students across Georgia to leverage diversity, explore career opportunities, and become leaders in their school, community, and ultimately the workforce.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Directors

Mrs. Kate Hewitt

Main address

P.O. Box 1125

Decatur, GA 30031 USA

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Formerly known as

Georgia Business Forum, Inc.

EIN

58-1820875

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 1989, a group of executives saw two growing trends within their companies, 1) the need to prepare more managers and workers for increased leadership responsibility, and 2) the need for employees ready and able to cross class and racial barriers to work together. They believed the key to meeting these needs was building the next generation of leaders by providing young people with the training, guidance and encouragement necessary to enter college and the workforce with a highly developed set of leadership skills, and thus 21st Century Leaders, formerly The Georgia Business Forum, was established.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Year-round Programs and Training

Annually, 21st Century Leaders provides over 167 days of live training opportuntiies, including but not limited to summer residential programs (a one-week series of interactive workshops, corporate tours, and roundtable sessions with business leaders), one day leadership summits retreat centers, school and community based clubs, service projects, and in-person and/or virtual workshops; - 21st Century Leaders also provides a robust and gamified online learning platform with over 130 modules on leadership development, SEI, diversity and inclusion training, and life ready skills; - Multiple opportunities for students to put their new skills to work as they plan school-wide service projects and organize seminars and programs for other students at their schools; - Promotion of career exploration and community development experiences through meetings with professionals; - Encouragement at an early age to network with other young diverse leaders across the state.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

A three-year online career and leadership exploratory program designed to prepare students for college and the workforce

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

School and community - based youth-led clubs that encourage peer mentoring, online career and academic exploration, and community service projects that serve the specific needs of students' communities. Our 21CLubs engages more than 525 students through regular interaction and connection through community service and leadership forms each academic year.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

21CL offers four exclusive one-week residential summer leadership institutes, expanding students leadership skills and exposing them to various businesses and industries throughout the state of Georgia. Students also meet a diverse group of their peers from all across the state. Each leadership institute engages students through interactive workshops, corporate tours, round-tables with business leaders, and team-building exercises. Plus, students are exposed to post-secondary education as the residential program is held on college-campuses.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

21CL offers live leadership training during the school year for students with a one-day to two-day summit in the Fall and Spring semester. The summits continue to develop those leadership skills while also exploring a career industry and the opportunities students may not have been exposed to.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

Where we work

Awards

MLK Community Service Award 2019

Emory University's Goizueta Business School & Rollins School of Public Health

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To ensure high school students across the state of Georgia are prepared to assume leadership roles in their schools, communities and beyond.

To connect high school students to a diverse group of peers, professionals, ideas and organizations.

To transform students' skill sets, ideas, and attitudes.

To inspire youth to lead.

To foster developmental programming that supports and improves school performance, social relationships, responsibility, and life skills.

To increase high school students' self-efficacy, self-esteem, and confidence in their ability to lead.

We provide students with robust and stimulating experiential learning designed to increase their teamwork skills, critical thinking, and knowledge. 21CL also provides student with the training, guidance and encouragement to enter college and the workforce with a highly developed set of skills and qualities. Students leave our program embodying five core values: passionate, resourceful, service-oriented, ability to leverage diversity, and forward thinking. Our programs include: year-round in school training, four (4) week-long summer residential institutes, multiple weekend summits and workshops throughout the school year, and an online learning platform, Leadership Connect.

21st Century Leaders’ strength and distinction lie in the engagement of business leaders and professionals as volunteers, the retooling of high-level corporate leadership training programs for our program delivery model, and an unyielding commitment to the power of diversity. Throughout our history, 21st Century Leaders has connected thousands of Georgia youth and business and professional volunteers for one purpose – to inspire the next generation of leaders to lead our businesses and our communities. 21CL engages more than 500 volunteers from the business, educational, and non-profit sectors to provide hands-on opportunities, workshops and training to students.

Together with our donors and partners, 21st Century Leaders (21CL) has served more than 16,000 high school students from over 250 Georgia high schools since programs began in 1991 by providing students with training, guidance, and encouragement necessary to enter college and the workforce with highly developed set of leadership skills and qualities. 2019 marked the 30th Anniversary of the organization so we are looking towards the future and where we can take our programs. We are investing back in our alumni while continuing to provide excellent high-impact programs to our high school students.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve a diverse group of high school aged students from around the state of Georgia.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We're always adjusting the execution of programs, include career industry focuses to better serve our students. In 2019, after hearing the desire of our students to learn more about careers in the healthcare industry, we launched a Healthcare & IT Institute in 2020 to serve 30% more students and provide an area of focus amongst our other three summer leadership institutes.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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21st Century Leaders, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Matt Johnson

KPMG

Term: 2019 - 2022

Patrick Solomon

Unravel, LLC

Okema Jackson

WarnerMedia

Chris Caldwell

Georgia Power

Katelyn Fredericks

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

Martin Fleischmann

Response Media

Steven Staes

K&G Fashion Superstore

Steve Cave

AGL Resources, Retired

Arjun Chowdri

PGA of America

Hector Gallardo

The Coca-Cola Company

Carla Chandler

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Shelton Guinn

MarketSource

Maria Blackburn

Southern Company

Michael White

Cox Communications

Bridges Holmes

The Adecco Group

Katerina Taylor

Nelson Mullins

Jon Neff

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DeRetta Rhodes

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JP James

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/23/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.