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Program Overview

Grassroots Leadership Institute is the oldest sustained community program of its type in Clayton County.

It was formed The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Clayton County, in conjunction with the Clayton County Collaborative Authority over a decades ago to address the growing need for a trained cadre of committed young leaders. The founding leaders selected the first class in the summer of 2004 and in the spring of 2005, 18 leaders and future leaders of Clayton County graduated from the three month program.

While much has changed over the years, the idea of selecting leaders for a rigorous, interactive curriculum to be engaged in all aspects of the Clayton County community remains the foundation on which so many successful Grassroots Leadership Institute classes have been built. Since 2004, almost 150 men and women, selected from communities in Clayton County and representing the diversity of our community, have completed this program and have taken their place as leaders in the community.

The true impact of Grassroots Leadership Institute is hard to measure. Many of Clayton County’s most influential CEOs, educators, judges, elected officials, entrepreneurs, community organizers, non-profit leaders, and professionals are graduates of the program. Grassroots Leadership Institute alumni hold key volunteer leadership roles throughout our community. Through its network of alumni, Grassroots Leadership Institute has been an instrument of positive change. More than ten years after its founding, Grassroots Leadership Institute adheres to the same principles and values that were established at its founding.

Why Apply

Grassroots Leadership Institute is the oldest continuously running training program of its type in the county. It was formed by the Clayton County UGA Extension Office and the Clayton County Collaborative over a decade ago to address the growing need for a trained cadre of committed young leaders. The founding group selected the first class in the summer of 2004 and in the spring of 2005, 18 leaders and future leaders of Clayton County graduated from the program.