“Never underestimate the power of dreams or the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion.
The potential for greatness lives in each of us.”  

~ Wilma Rudolph, First American Woman to Win Three Gold Medals in a Single Olympics



The GREAT Leader program


The GREAT program is a 4 week community program. Beginning in the 5th grade, boys and girls meet at host sites for four weeks to learn core guiding principles on how to become leaders, mentors and role models.  Sessions are two hours each and are facilitated by trained, positive young adults. 

​Program highlights:

  • Parental involvement

  • Orientation session

  • Four weekly 2-hr sessions

  • Celebration week four

  • Participants progress to Virtual Mentoring

To learn more, read the Facilitator description. Download the flyer here. To apply to become  a certified Great Youth  facilitator, apply here.  


The GREAT Virtual Mentoring

Virtual Mentoring begins after a participant has completed the GREAT program. Mentees are assigned to a mentor for one year. The mentor's role is to help the mentee achieve his or her short-term and long-term goals, improve academically, and address any social concerns. Once the mentee turns 16, he becomes a peer mentor and helps recruit prospective mentors.

To learn more, read the position description. To mentor, apply here.

If you'd like a mentor, apply here. If you have questions, contact us


The GREAT Conference

The first GREAT Conference will be held in 2020. Run by young adults, it will be open to the GREAT program participants as well as to teenagers in the community. The goal is to give young people an opportunity to lead and display their talents. We will also reward them for their accomplishments.

You can help. We need:

  • Volunteer Event Coordinators

  • Committee chairs

  • In-Kind Donations (including hosting site)

  • Sponsors and donations

To volunteer, apply here.


The GREAT Youth Scholarship

Great Youth, Inc. places a high premium on leadership training and higher education. Previously we offered the Great Leader Scholarship to Savannah State College (SSU) Cadets, but have since relinquished the administrative duties of this scholarship to Tigers Lead, Inc., (www.tigerslead.org).


Great Youth, Inc. is proud to announce that we are now offering the Great Youth Scholarship to deserving high school juniors and seniors throughout the Low Country and the Coastal Empire. Nominate a deserving youth today.

The scholarship deadline is 9/30/19. 


  • Reside in the Coastal Empire or the Lowcountry

  • High school juniors and seniors

  • 2.5  GPA or above

  • Demonstrated leadership

  • Preference given to documented community service performed within the last year

  • Nominee: Please write an upload a minimum 1-page, double spaced essay stating why it is important for you to be a leader, mentor, or role model. Include how this scholarship will benefit you

  • Nominator: Write and upload a minimum 1-page, double-spaced essay stating why are you nominating the nominee and specifically how has he or she exhibited the characteristics of being a leader, mentor, and role model


The GREAT Toolkit

Are you a youth organization, school, or church? We
can help you turn your youth into leaders, mentors,
and role models by bringing the GREAT program to
you. We provide everything you need: training, books, documents, and best practices. Contact us for more information. We look forward to partnering with you!

Purchase individual books for your adolescent or young adult by going to: greatsuccessbooks.com

© 2018 by Great Youth, Inc.

Great Youth, Inc., PO Box 11, Bluffton, SC 29910, USA