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YLA year in full swing

Youth Leadership Atmore is in full swing.

This year’s class hosted breakfast for the local first responders and other emergency personnel in the area on Oct. 24.

The class met with Atmore Police Department and Fire Department as well as Poarch Police Department and Fire Department.

The class learned about the day-to-day activities and listened to stories of them out in the field.

Chaz McGhee, a YLA participant, said: “As someone who has first responders in his family, he enjoyed giving back to them.”

McGhee said he feels that they do so much in the community, whether it be answering a call in the middle of the night or helping at a community event. He is thankful that our city has amazing first responders.

On Nov. 6-7, Youth Leadership Atmore traveled to Camp Beckwith in Fairhope.

The class participated in teambuilding activities. The courses were not only about how to communicate and work together as a team, but also how to push yourself to new limits.

Jodi James, program coordinator, said that it was amazing to see the change in the kids after just one day.

“They came together and mastered problem solving as a group and really worked well together as a team through the courses,” James said. “They will be volunteering at several local events around town through the Holidays and their December session will be on the History of Atmore. A special thank you to WeCare of Atmore and Jason Pilger Chevrolet for providing the transportation for our sessions.”