WOODSTOCK, GA (April 1, 2024) – Woodstock Mayor Michael Caldwell will host a new Mayor’s Youth Leadership Academy in 2024 taking place June 10-14. The week-long program will provide rising high school juniors and seniors with a deeper understanding of the role of local government while developing valuable leadership skills.

The City of Woodstock has partnered with the University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership to bring this youth leadership program to the Woodstock community. Mayor Caldwell and city staff engaged the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development because of the institute’s commitment to developing youth as leaders by preparing them to meet the challenges of transitioning to adulthood through programs that foster youth leadership and community engagement. Youth will participate in visits to city departments, sessions with instructors from the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership, meetings with City Directors, and a City Council Meeting.

To apply, students must complete and application and submit a recommendation from a teacher or school administrator illustrating evidence of leadership. In addition to the application packet, students are asked to create a two-minute video centered on why they should be considered for the academy. Twelve applicants will be accepted from Cherokee County; Woodstock residents will be given priority.

“Leaders come from all backgrounds,” stated Mayor Caldwell. “We want to hear directly from the applicants about their unique qualifications, what they hope to learn from this opportunity, and how they can contribute back to their community.”

Applications will be available April 1st on the city website and must be submitted by April 30th. Participants will be notified of selection on or before May 15. The program begins at noon on June 10. The following days begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. A graduation reception will be held at the end of the day on June 14.

For more information and to apply, visit

About City of Woodstock, GA

Located just 30 miles north of Atlanta, Woodstock’s City limits include more than 12 square miles and over 35,000 residents. Woodstock is a Georgia PlanFirst Community and a recipient of Georgia Municipal Association’s Live Work Play City Award.

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