Youth Excelling in Learning Leadership, also known as Y.E.L.L., is a youth leadership program designed to provide youth an inside look into the many facets of our community, meet the people who make it happen and explore for themselves business and career opportunities for the future. This leadership program is the result of a Business Leadership class project and launched in 2002.

Who Can Join?

Students attending McGavock High School, Donelson Christian Academy, and Tennessee School for the Blind or students participating in a home school program in the Donelson, Hermitage, or Old Hickory area are encouraged to be part of this exciting program. Applications are made available in the early fall to the schools and home school co-ops in our communities.   Eligible students are high school juniors and each school/co-op has a teacher sponsor who attends all activities.   Activities begin in September of each school year.

Program Objectives

  • Provide youth the opportunity to hear from and interact with decision makers in the community
  • Instill a sense of commitment and pride in the Donelson, Hermitage, or Old Hickory community
  • Expose participants to leaders in the area
  • Broaden participants understanding of leadership
  • Create, through the activities and programs of YELL, a fun, exciting and life-lasting experience for each participant
  • Inspire each individual to make a difference
  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Encourage participants to advocate on quality of life issues