Member Application

Lowndes Young Leaders 


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:

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 MUW, Chick-fila, BankFirst and International Paper. 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. 

Some sessions involve out of town travel, giving Lowndes Young Leaders the chance to experience leadership in action outside of the immediate area. 

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


View the links below to register:

The application consist of 4 components (Acknowledgment, Application, Essay and Recommendations) and must be completed by March 01, 2023 to be considered. 


Recommendation Letters