Suwanee Youth Leaders

Learning Life Skills

SYL Class of 2015

Now in its fourth year, the award-winning Suwanee Youth Leaders (SYL) program is an eight-month City of Suwanee leadership program for high school sophomores and juniors. SYL is open to students who attend public, private, and home-based schools and live in the North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, and Collins Hill clusters. The program centers on civic involvement, leadership skills, and volunteer opportunities.

"Through this experience, I gained important life skills that helped me mature as a person – time management, communication, and teamwork were definitely the three biggest areas that I worked on," says Dami Lee, a 2016 senior at North Gwinnett High School. "With hard work, our SYL committee was able to successfully run a Food Truck Friday. On that night, seeing families and friends enjoy an event that we worked so hard on was probably one of the best moments of the SYL program."

Adds Katie Reynolds, a 2016 junior at Hebron Christian Academy: "Suwanee Youth Leaders was by far one of the best experiences I've ever had. The sense of community that formed between all the members of SYL was incredible. We were all working for similar goals that sprouted out of a similar love for the City we lived in."

SYL Class of 2014

The SYL program kicks off with a required two-day retreat in late February. Students will then meet one Saturday each month March through September and also will be expected to volunteer at several community events, which may include the August concert, two Food Truck Friday events, Suwanee Fest, and Arts in the Park.

For more information about SYL, contact Adam Edge at or Denise Brinson at Applications for the SYL Class of 2017 are available here. Download the SYL brochure for more information about the Suwanee Youth Leaders program.