Applications for the 2016-17 class of Leadership Sandy Springs (LSS) and its high school equivalent, Youth Leadership Sandy Springs (YLSS), are now available.

The nine-month LSS program accepts a maximum of 35 participants, who are chosen based on criteria relating to prior leadership and community service, potential to contribute to the future of Sandy Springs, diversity and desire to be involved.

YLSS accepts up to 30 sophomores or juniors who live or go to school in Sandy Springs. In the class, students get leadership training and teamwork experience along with a unique chance to explore their community’s government, environment, public safety, economy and social services. During the school year, students will discover Sandy Springs in a cell phone scavenger hunt; act as attorneys in a mock trial; plan a new town center with city planners and developers; go to jail; develop a city budget; and geocache at city parks. At the end of the year, they act, creating a group service project.

The LSS application deadline is March 15, with information available at The YLSS application deadline is March 18, with information available at

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John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.