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These stories about local youth taking action to make a difference in our community as well as the adults who support and encourage them are made possible through the continued support of Georgia Southern University as part of our Community Leaders Program.

Resourcefulness, resilience drive spring 2024 Georgia Southern graduate to degree in public health

Resourcefulness, resilience drive spring 2024 Georgia Southern graduate to degree in public health

Donya Glenn earned his bachelor’s degree in public health from Georgia Southern in just three years. He credits the many student resources on campus for helping him excel as a student and graduate with no student loan debt. He's currently completing an internship at the Willow Hill Heritage & Renaissance Center, and next up, he plans to return to Southern and earn his MPH.
Mentee Becomes Mentor: Shanya Sherman gives back to Our Girls Rock Too

Mentee Becomes Mentor: Shanya Sherman gives back to Our Girls Rock Too

Shanya Sherman, a college student who graduated from the Our Girls Rock Too program, cites her mentors as her inspiration for many things in her life, including the decision to return as a mentor. "They inspired me to be great, to do great, and become a leader."
Jack Broadhead: Repping Georgia Tech and the Boro from 14,000 feet

Jack Broadhead: Repping Georgia Tech and the Boro from 14,000 feet

Five years after his first tandem-skydiving jump, Jack Broadhead has found community by helping to rebuild the skydiving team at Georgia Tech and competing at national championships. Having earned his instructor rating, pilot's license and soon his Master's degree, Broadhead thanks the thrilling hobby for making him who he is today. Read more on how this Statesboro High School graduate is reaching new heights.
A roaring good time at the Great Gatsby-themed Bethany 'Senior' Prom

A roaring good time at the Great Gatsby-themed Bethany 'Senior' Prom

It's prom season in Statesboro, but this was a senior prom with a twist! Join Michele as she visits the Lodge at Bethany for a glitz and glamour-themed event planned by the Statesboro High School National Honor Society.
The Button fills essential needs of youth in Statesboro

The Button fills essential needs of youth in Statesboro

The Button, a nonprofit organization in Statesboro, provides much-needed shampoo, soap, deodorant, and other essential toiletries upon request from area pre-teens and teens. All orders are confidential and are delivered discreetly to young people who reach out for them. Liz Corbett met with Zappalaforpa's Jeneane Brown to talk about her creation of and contribution to this cause.
Leaving a Legacy of Love: Beloved FBC children's minister Susan Allen retiring

Leaving a Legacy of Love: Beloved FBC children's minister Susan Allen retiring

Susan Allen, Minister of Children at First Baptist Church Statesboro for 25 years, has announced she will retire in early March. She leaves behind a robust, faith-filled children's program and a legacy of love.
Brooklet and Stilson Youth Garden Clubs experiencing great 'growth'

Brooklet and Stilson Youth Garden Clubs experiencing great 'growth'

Brooklet and Stilson Elementaries' Youth Garden Clubs are doing great work within their schools and communities. From selling fresh produce to faculty to being honored with several awards at a state convention, both clubs' efforts are paying off in more ways than one. Zappalaforpa recently spoke with the devoted team behind the youth garden clubs who are tirelessly working to cultivate life-long agriculture skills and lasting memories for these students.
Tralayia Prince is driving community change, becoming a role model in the neighborhoods where she once lived on the streets

Tralayia Prince is driving community change, becoming a role model in the neighborhoods where she once lived on the streets

Tralayia Prince, lifelong resident of Statesboro, is “stepping into her purpose,” as the mentor she wishes she’d had before turning to a life of crime in her teens. Learn about her big plans for making positive change in the community, and join her on December 9th from 10am to 3pm for Community Impact Day.
Statesboro Youth Council creates waves of change as local advocates for Bulloch County Youth

Statesboro Youth Council creates waves of change as local advocates for Bulloch County Youth

The Statesboro Youth Council is designed to allow the voices of local youth to be heard in our community. These youth can help shape public policy and offer youth perspectives on local issues. The City of Statesboro's vision for the Youth Council is to cultivate the advancement of young persons by giving them a voice in political, social, and economic platforms. Members on the Youth Council regularly participate in local events and initiatives to help create change for youth in the community.
In death, Kingston and Knowledge gave the gift of life

In death, Kingston and Knowledge gave the gift of life

Along with their mother, Kingston and Knowledge Bailey tragically lost their young lives following an August car accident in Statesboro. Their family chose for them to be organ donors, allowing them to be superheroes who saved the lives of others.