Charleston Youth Leadership Academy aims to help students

The Charleston County School District realizes high school can be difficult, especially for students facing challenges, and has started a new group to help them.


The Charleston Youth Leadership Academy has started for the new school year.   File photo

The Charleston County School District (CCSD) realizes high school can be difficult, especially for students facing challenges, and has started a new group to help them.

The Charleston Youth Leadership Academy has started for the new school year. This month, some students met with district staff to support one another and discuss challenges. 

“I wanted to do it [to] improve myself, and help those coming up in life, and help others around me; [the] same age and maybe some older people,” Charles Bridge, a senior at West Ashley High School, said.

The students were invited by staffers from CCSD’s Department of Exceptional Children, as well as by teachers and representatives of AccessAbility, a local nonprofit.

Students and team members will work on ways to help the community while also gaining confidence and find ways to deal with issues such as bullying. The group will meet up to eight more times during the current school year.

To learn more about the Charleston Youth Leadership Academy, call Mary Stahl at the CCSD’s Department of Exceptional Children, 843-937-6500.

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