Although the faces have changed, the goal of the partnership between the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County and Bevill State Community College has remained the same.
High school juniors meet with their mentors once a month for eight months to learn about topics ranging from team-building to the legislative process.
The Walker Area Community Foundation recently joined the cooperative effort as well.
“They add that one extra component that deals with philanthropy,” said Chamber president Linda Lewis.
WACF will now be providing $10,000 to each group of Youth Leadership Walker County participants to award to area nonprofits.
Grant presentations were made at Wednesday’s graduation ceremony.
Recipients included Backyard Blessings, Curry High School Anchor Club, EASI, Hope for Women, Jasper Aquanauts, Oakman High Lucky Thirteen Club, Oakman High SGA, Shape Up! Walker County, Town of Parrish Resource Center, Walker County Arts Alliance, Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center and Walker County Community Action Agency.
Cristy Moody, director of operations for WACF, said she has enjoyed teaching the next generation about the dedication to others that has shaped her life.
“To try to help our students see the value of service and giving back in your community whether it’s through your time, talent or treasure has been a great opportunity,” Moody said.