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Valdosta High School Students Kick Off Chick-fil-A Leader Academy 2016 Programming

The student participants were selected by their schools to participate in the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, a national high school leadership program that not only teaches students leadership skills, but also empowers students to put their skills into action.

The Chick-fil-A Leader Academy is a seven month program where students will learn leader skills through monthly workshops and then put these skill into action through community service projects and an end of the year impact project.  The impact project will be a community service project benefiting a local charity in Lowndes County.

Kenneth White of the North Valdosta Road Chick-fil-A is sponsoring the program at Valdosta High School.  “I can’t think of a better program to equip the next generation.  Not only does the Leader Academy teach our local students leadership principles for the future, but it also teaches them the importance of giving back to their local community.  I’m excited to see what they will accomplish over the next year,” said Mr. White.  

The first event in the leader academy was the kickoff experience held on Wednesday, September 14.  Students participated in leader activities and then packed 75 meals that were delivered to Second Harvest of South Georgia.  This was the first opportunity for students to work as a team and put leadership skills into action to benefit the local community.

David Salyers is vice president of the brand activation at Chick-fil-A, Inc. He said students from the schools made an immediate direct impact through the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy when they packed meals. “We are excited to partner with high schools across the country with Chick-fil-A Leader Academy to provide opportunities for the next generation of leaders to strengthen their communities,” said Salyers.

The Chick-fil-A Foundation offers financial support to the impact projects and local Chick-fil-A Franchisee Operations sponsor the program for the schools in their community and often serve as mentors to the students involved.

Learn more about the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy at