Young Gamechangers

Young Gamechangers is a leadership action program that brings together 50 of Georgia’s brightest minds under the age of 40, to help solve persistent challenges of one Georgia community. Each class works for six months to generate big ideas and recommendations for persistent challenges in a Georgia community which they present to the community at the conclusion of the program.

Join us on Friday, December 8 for the Fall 2017 Young Gamechangers’ Final Recommendations to the Community! 

Public Presentation: 2-4 pm RSVP here

Simply Southern Barn – 135 Forte Drive NW, Milledgeville

View our previous final reports.

  • 2012 Final Recommendations to Americus/Sumter County. View PDF.
  • 2013/2014 Final Recommendations to Dublin/Laurens County. View PDF.
  • Spring 2016 Final Written Report. View PDF. 
    • Public Presentation that was given in Douglasville on Friday, June 10, 2016. View Video.
  • Fall 2016 Final Report. View PDF.
  • Spring 2017 Final Report. View PDF.
  • Fall 2017 Final Report. View PDF.

Follow our progress on our blog.

Who are Young Gamechangers?

Big-thinkers.  Innovators.  Creative-minded.  Civically-driven. We are looking for innovative thinkers from around Georgia and from multiple sectors, including business, law, public health, real estate, urban planning, the arts, non-profits, foundations and academia. Ambitious minds from any sector will be considered for the program.


How can I become a Young Gamechanger?

We are seeking energetic and collaborative big thinkers from every corner of the state between the ages 24 and 40. Ambitious minds from any professional sector will be considered. When we announce the Young Gamechanger community we open a six-week application window for people interested in being part of this leadership action program. The application window has closed for the 2018 Young Gamechangers program.


What are the requirements for the program?

Each Young Gamechanger cohort focuses on a different focus community. Each program has four in-person meetings that are six days total (mandatory for completing the program) including a two-day opening retreat, a two-day midpoint meeting, an internal run through and final recommendations to the community. Additionally, the class will work together virtually over that time.


Is there a cost to apply or participate?

The cost to be a member of the program is $250 per participant. Each participant is also responsible for their own travel to and from the focus community for all four meetings.

Where is next year’s program set?

Young Gamechangers is designed to create change in communities across Georgia. The inaugural class worked in Americus/Sumter County in 2012, the 2013/2014 class worked in Dublin/Laurens County, the Spring 2016 class worked in Douglasville/Douglas County,  the Fall 2016 worked in Augusta/Richmond County, the Spring 2017 is focused on LaGrange/Troup County, and the Fall 2017 program is in Milledgeville/Baldwin County. The 2018 Young Gamechangers program will work in Albany/Dougherty County from January through August.

Email if you would like for your community to be considered for a future program.

What happens to Young Gamechangers’ proposals?

GeorgiaForward encourages community leaders to select the most promising proposals and work to bring them to life. Our goal is to see one or more of the recommendations implemented. However, it is up to the local community to prioritize and implement the recommendations. We are proud that at least one recommendation has come to fruition in almost all of the communities that we’ve worked in.

What makes Young Gamechangers special?

Young Gamechangers is more than a traditional leadership program focused on networking; it’s a leadership action program. The program is designed to make a tangible impact in select communities and bring young minds into the public sphere as respected idea-generators and problem-solvers. Young Gamechangers is about action.