Middle school can be a challenging time for students. Having the right tools and resources is important in helping them find their path and be successful in the future. The mission of Gwinnett County Public Schools' Junior Leadership Corps program is to influence students to be motivated to achieve their academic goals and to be successful, productive leaders who make a difference in their communities.
Junior Leadership Corps is a two year Connections course offered to seventh and eighth grade students. We have also just launched the program for sixth grade students who will rotate through on a nine weeks basis to see if the program will be a good fit for them in the future. Lessons are designed to enhance students' leadership skills including: time and money management, goal setting, healthy relationships, working with groups, health and physical fitness, community service initiatives, and leadership in a diverse world. In addition to the JLC curriculum, students are required to wear the JLC uniform one day a week, participate in drill and ceremony training, and perform ten hours of community service each semester.
JLC grew out of a joint vision between the U.S. Army and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) as a result of their mutual interest in graduating successful, productive leaders.
Gwinnett County Public Schools was one of only six pilot sites in the United States approved in August, 2011 for implementation in January, 2011. Within the Gwinnett County Public Schools, Summerour Middle School and Pinckneyville Middle School were selected as pilot sites for Junior Leadership Corps at the middle school level. We are so very excited to be pioneers in this program. The program continues to grow within Gwinnett County and the goal is the successful implementation into every Middle School in Gwinnett County.
JLC in Competition
Drill Competition: March 25, 2015
Congratulations to the students that went on Saturday, March 25 and did an amazing job. JLC Cadets won every individual award as well as the 2015 Gwinnett County Color Guard Champions. This team consisted of Jessica S., Katherine N., James P., and Mary N. Mary P. won Best Overall Cadet. Sean S. won 3rd; Melissa G., 2nd; and Melany M. won 2015 Gwinnett County Drill Knockout Champion.
Raiders Team Competition: February 28, 2015
Drill Team Competition: February 21, 2015
Drill Team Competition: March 22, 2014
Drill Team results:
Jonathan Castro - Best Overall Cadet
Enrique Sanchez - Best Overall Commander
Jasseca Rosales - 3rd Place, Drill Knockout
Daniel Jimenez, Gladys Lazo-Arias, and Jonathan Castro - 1st Place, Three Squads
Marley Zacarias, Bryce Rdiall, Ana Sanchez, and Enrique Sanchez - 3rd Place, Color Guard
JLC in Community
Besides being productive and winning awards competitions, JLC is also very much involved in the metro-Atlanta community. From canned goods drives to parades, JLC is visible within the Norcross and metro-Atlanta communities making a difference for many and honoring our service men and women.
Annual Veteran's Day Celebrations / Parades
Canned Food Drives
Service to Summerour Middle School at various events
Summerour Middle School
An IB World School, is committed to creating a culture of excellence by working hard and being nice.