Four Selected for Youth Leadership Jackson development program
PINEY WOODS, Miss. – It is an honor and a privilege for the Piney Woods School to announce that four students were selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Youth Leadership Jackson development program.
Markiah Burkes, Christian Crossley, Moiya Gooden, and Zalaila Laird were each selected to represent Piney Woods, at the youth retreat on December 7-8, 2018.
The Youth Leadership Jackson program was organized in 1991. Patterned after the Leadership Greater Jackson program, Youth Leadership Jackson is a community-wide leadership program for high school sophomores and juniors and is designed to expose young leaders to the various elements that combine to form a strong and dynamic metropolitan area.
The program was established to address several issues in the Greater Jackson area. It was believed that high school students from different sections of the community have few opportunities to know one another. It was also felt that; the high school curriculum contains little in-depth information about the Metro Jackson area.
Many high school students need to feel that Metro Jackson, which encompasses Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties, holds a challenge and opportunity for their future. Finally, high school students need more opportunities to develop leadership abilities and to interact with adult leaders.
About The Piney Woods School
The Piney Woods School is the longest serving historically African American college preparatory residential school in the United States. Founded in 1909, The Piney Woods School pursues the next century with the same innovative spirit that launched our work over 100 years ago. Our vision is to produce entrepreneurial citizens, a community of learners who are curious, creative and constructive, whose impact will change the world. We accomplish this by integrating leading edge experiential learning with a proven approach to personal and leadership development. Our farm and facilities, our family culture, and our ideals and values make us uniquely qualified to achieve our mission.