Welcome to the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation!
We're building the foundation for today's youth of color to become tomorrow's leaders. Our signature program, the MJYF Leadership Academy
, engages metro Atlanta's public high school students of color in two years of intensive training in the skills and principles of leadership, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, communication, and community service. We additionally guide our scholar leaders to ensure they not only graduate high school on time, they also matriculate to the college of their choice well-prepared to succeed.
In this 23rd year of the Leadership Academy we celebrate the Class of 2015
: not only did every student graduate high school, each also was accepted into the college of her/his choice and the class collectively won more than $1 million in scholarship offers. Two students were named Gates Millennium Scholars and two won Posse Foundation Scholarships.
Our Class of 2016
comprises twenty-five rising high school seniors from eleven high schools in the Atlanta, DeKalb, Fulton, and Douglas public school systems. They've been busy this summer with intensive SAT-prep boot camp and college campus visits plus study abroad in either Germany or China. We'll work closely with them this academic year to ensure they, too, successfully complete the college application and selection process and earn their diplomas.
We will begin recruiting high school juniors for our 25th Leadership Academy class in September.
Check back here for application information.