Visit leaves impression, enlightens aspiring leaders

Visit leaves impression, enlightens aspiring leaders

For many students, summer break means sleeping in and filling days with leisure activities. But for one group of local students, it means less sleeping in and more thinking more about future success.

Ten rising ninth graders with North Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s Junior Leadership Academy (JLA) spent half a day at Fort Gordon on July 11.

In its inaugural year, JLA is a program that helps create promising futures for students through teaching leadership skills, exposure to various career fields and mentoring.

“We want to show them what’s out there that they may not be aware of that they can do with the different talents that they have,” said Terra Carroll, president and CEO of the academy.

While developing JLA’s curriculum, Carroll said she wanted Fort Gordon to be the first place students got to visit as part of their CSRA community orientation, so she reached out to Sgt. Maj. Charlie Bryant Jr., Fort Gordon garrison’s former command sergeant major, and asked if he would be willing to host and mentor students on team-building, setting goals and developing a plan to achieve those goals.

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