About the Colony Leadership Academy

Participants in the Colony Leadership Academy benefit from getting to know one another and through exchange of ideas and experiences, they gain knowledge and understanding on crucial issues facing our community, while also attaining leadership skills. Participants also develop a network of relationships with other leaders of various backgrounds throughout Georgia through our mentorship program. This professional leadership curriculum is achieved through an eleven-month program of structured activity where students become familiar with all aspects of our community. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the College/University of their choice. Colony Leadership Academy utilizes professional leadership trainers through UGA’s Fanning Institute while also utilizing community resources for courses such as Health and Recreation, Economic Development, Arts and Culture, Public Safety, Social Services, Education, Government Affairs, and more.

Program Goals

To encourage students to recognize their own potential and develop their leadership skills. To develop a committed group of young leaders who will be challenged to apply their new leadership skills through interactions with community leaders, decision makers, and peers from other schools. To create an environment that nurtures potential young leaders to participate in school/community service and volunteerism.

Mission Statement

The Colony Leadership Academy works to effect positive change in a community by providing high school students opportunities to build leadership skills through service learning projects, seminars, workshops and interaction with local leaders and decision makers.

Program Qualifications

The following qualifications must be met to be accepted to the program:

  • Students must be currently enrolled entering their Junior year and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent (the student must be classified as a High School Junior by August, 2020);

  • Students must be nominated by a community member during the nomination period;

  • The applicant’s parents and school administrator must sign off on the application once the application window opens; and

  • Two personal references must be submitted by the application deadline.


Classes will take place quarterly from February 2021 through November 2021. There will be shorter, virtual meetings between sessions to prepare for the in-person instruction, these meetings will last no more than an hour. The program allows for one class-day absence.


Program Dates

February 12th & 13th - Albany

May 14th & 15th - Moultrie

August 13th & 14th - Valdosta

November 12th & 13th - Savannah

Student Nominator Form:

Each student applying for the program must be nominated by a community member. If you are interested in nominating a student to participate in the Colony Leadership Academy, please fill out the above questionnaire. Nominations can be submitted from August 26th through September 25th, after which applications will be sent to students nominated. Nominees will receive an email invitation to complete their electronic documents and application. In November, the names of the 30 successful applicants will be announced.