Member Application

Lowndes Young Leaders Application


The Mission of Lowndes Young Leaders is to identify future leaders of Columbus and Lowndes County and provide personal, cultural, social, and leadership development that will enhance their ability to serve as effective leaders. 


Lowndes Young Leaders Graudation:

All applications must be submitted by March 01, 2023

What is LYL?
Lowndes Young Leaders is a ten-month leadership program for high school sophomores who live and attend school in Columbus-Lowndes County. The program is sponsored by the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Rotary Club, MUW, and Chick-fila. In operation since 1999, program sessions allow students to explore varying aspects of business and economic development, education, health care, quality of life, and government. 

Activities are designed to develop skills in teamwork and collaboration, problem solving, communication, organization and planning, ethics, networking, personal development, and leadership. Participants gain an increased awareness of how leadership affects all aspects of life. 

Once selected, participants have the opportunity to attend a Rotary Club meeting and give a brief presentation on one of the LYL sessions they have attended, providing students the experience of public speaking. 

Some sessions involve out of town travel, giving Lowndes Young Leaders the chance to experience leadership in action outside of the immediate area. One overnight trip will be taken in the fall and one in the spring. 

For more information on the Lowndes Young Leader program, please contact Cathryn Borer at 662.328.4491 or email

Application Deadline: March 01, 2023

View the links below to register:

The application consist of 4 components (Acknowledgment, Application, Essay and Recommendations) and must be completed by March 1st to be considered. 


Recommendation Letters