ATLANTA: Selected high school graduates from schools in Grand Bahama have gathered in Atlanta to conclude a year-long leadership development program today.
Since September 2012, the students have been interacting with a wide spectrum of leaders on issues such as goal setting, time management, decision making, inter and intra personal skills, communication and career planning and development.
Students participated in three exposure tours developed by the Bahamas Institute For Youth Leadership Development (BIYLD): one on the island of Grand Bahama, one on the island of New Providence and one in Atlanta. The visits provided insight into the workings of the corporate world, as well as the educational, training and professional opportunities it offers.
CNN, Coca-Cola and Home Depot are among the Atlanta-headquartered corporations that the students visited.
Former Bahamas finance minister Zhivargo Laing, who founded the program along with his wife, Zsa Zsa, said previous visits have resulted in students determining their particular professional pursuits.
“All students have gained an appreciation of how multifaceted the world is and how many opportunities exist in it for them,” said Laing.
The Laings founded the program as a means to help young Bahamians transition from the world of high school to the world of adulthood with the skills necessary to prosper while functioning responsibly and productively.