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, June 2 from 2-4 pm at the Del’Avant Event Center in downtown LaGrange to hear the Spring 2017 Young Gamechangers’ Final Recommendations to the Community. Use this link to let us know you’re coming!

After the public presentation we will be celebrating the Spring 2017 class with cocktails starting at 5 pm and dinner at 6 pm. Purchase your ticket here.


Use the links below to access the final reports for each of the previous Young Gamechangers’ programs. 

Follow our progress on our blog.

Learn more about the program and apply below.

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.  The only other requirements are below.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. The Fall 2017 Young Gamechangers host community will be announced in April 2017 and a six week application window will open at that time.

What are the requirements for the program?

Young Gamechangers chooses a different focus community each year. Each program has three in-person meetings that are five days total (mandatory for completing the program) including a two-day opening retreat, a two-day mid point meeting and final recommendations to the community. The Spring 2017 Class will meet on January 19-20, March 30-31 and June 2, 2017.  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 Young Gamechangers program is $250 per participant. Each participant is also responsible for their own travel to and from the focus community for all three meetings.

Where is next year’s program set?

Young Gamechangers is designed to create change in communities across Georgia, and chooses a different focus community each year. The inaugural class worked in the city of Americus/Sumter County in 2012, the 2013/2014 class in Dublin/Laurens County, and the Spring 2016 class worked in Douglasville/Douglas County. The Fall 2016 class is working in Augusta/Richmond County and Spring 2017 will focus on LaGrange/Troup County.  Plans are already underway for the Fall 2017 program which will be announced in April of 2017. 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. GeorgiaForward is committed to working with the community to help identify sustainability opportunities for promising solutions. Our goal is to see one or more of the recommendations implemented.

What makes Young Gamechangers special?

Young Gamechangers is more than a traditional leadership program focused on networking, its 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.



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