34 Students Graduate from Eastern Shore Chamber’s Youth Leadership Program

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (February 25, 2019) – Thirty-four local sophomores, juniors & seniors are graduating from the Eastern Shore Chamber’s Youth Leadership Program, an intensive seven-month program designed to develop and expand leadership skills by empowering students through seminars, workshops, hands-on activities, team building, community engagement and introductions to community leaders.

Students received their graduation certificates Monday, February 25, 2019 at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center.

Throughout the program, students explore topics including law and government, business smarts, health and human services and the environment. Other activities include retreats and community service hours.

Students work as teams to develop small group projects that address key issues, they identify in the community which they presented during graduation. One group is inspiring others to serve in our community by creating a brochure with contact information for various volunteer opportunities throughout the Eastern Shore. Another group tackled the mental health stigma, by creating a "Talk Box” where students can reach out to counselors without judgement. Another group recognized that a lot of local recycling was ending up in the landfills because of confusion over what is and isn’t accepted. So, they created a flyer that spells out what you can recycle in each city. One group started a backpack drive for students who need basic supplies for class and the last group has been working with city leaders in Fairhope to offer ideas on how to make the parking garage more user-friendly.

Students in the program select one individual student who stands out by showcasing the qualities of a leader throughout the program. The 2019 winner of the Spirit of Youth Leadership Award goes to Bayshore Christian Junior Max Jones. Jones is a member of the National Honor Society, Robotics Club, is a School Ambassador and plays on the baseball team. Jones won a $500 scholarship for being recognized with the Spirit of Youth Leadership Award.

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the 2019 class for their achievements:

Mia Astralaga

Charlie Bailey

Camille Baker

John Coleman Bryars

Kayla Campbell

Hui Chen

Connor Cobb

Clayton Connick

Joseph Conwell

Nathan Cook

Charles Corte

Elsa Engeriser

Mary Carlyn Fidler

Kaitlyn Hale

Webb Hutchinson

Fariha Irfan

Graham Jenkins

Max Jones

Kirk Kirkland

Lillian Krueger

Ernest Ladd

Will Murphy

Kenzie Sherrell

Cameron Smart
Jack Smith

Ellis Smith

Anna Grace Sorrells

Wyatt Townsend

Samin Uddin

Chloe Warren

Catherine West

Lillie Yazdi

Holly Zazdi

Trevor York


The Eastern Shore Chamber would like to thank the Chamber Foundation’s Workforce Sponsor, Daphne Utilities, Graduation Sponsor Riviera Utilities, and Program Sponsors Bayside Academy, Baldwin County Board of Education and Hot Wheel’s Skate Center. We also appreciate the committee members who make this program possible: Chairman Diane Anderson – HB&K, Taylor Strunk – Baldwin EMC, Samantha Coppels – Daphne Utilities, Chase Schmidt – Community Bank, Daniel Meshad, Loni Jarman, Terri Kinsey, Steve Day – Daphne United Methodist Church and Kiel Rubio – Wise Living.

Applications for the 2019/2020 Youth Leadership Program are now available by clicking here. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who live or go to school in Baldwin County are welcome to apply by returning the application to the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce at 327 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532 by March 29, 2019.

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