This summer we launched the Summer of Impact Internship initiative. The initiative was a result of community leaders coming together with a desire to see a legacy of leadership in Lawrenceville. The following statement was formed: In 5 years every child/student will discover their God-given purpose, passion, and influence.
A beautiful partnership between local government, education, and Impact46 formed to create a working model to begin acting on the vision. We refer to these working models as Community Transformation Initiatives. These initiatives seek to facilitate and organize a group of like-minded individuals around a common good project that meets the needs within the city of Lawrenceville. After many meetings and ideas, a plan and team began to form as the internship idea was being formulated to impact children and students. The internship was only possible because 3 people partnered and collaborated with one goal in mind: building a legacy of leaders.
Central Gwinnett High School is one of the oldest high schools in the county. As we met with the students over the summer, we began to notice that there was a cultural and generational gap that was contributing to a divided city. The students set out to design a project that would help them use their God-given passion, purpose, and influence to impact their city. They quickly noticed that they wanted to be a generation that unites older generations with newer ones. They set out to redevelop and curate pride around their school, Central Gwinnett High School, which would ultimately influence and impact our city as they were building and shaping their community.
We interviewed many people who were Central Gwinnett alumni and were encouraged to hear how much Central has meant to many people. There was a unanimous response that Central was a place where you could find more than friendship, you would find your family. As we asked people a simple question, “What does it mean to be a black knight?”, we learned that our city and its future leaders are culture shapers with a heart for all people.
Five years isn’t very long, but by 2023 this inaugural class of interns will be graduating college and beginning to live in places where we hope they will use their passion, purpose, and influence to shape a city that cares and nurtures all residents. We hope they will use their gifts for the good of the city and her people. We truly hope that in 5 years we will begin to see the rise of next generational leaders.