We believe that personal and professional growth is a journey, not a destination. The Journey GYP Leadership Institute was born out of this belief. We recognize that great leaders are not born, they are created. John Maxwell said, “Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not.”

Are you interested in growing and developing yourself or your business? Consider the Journey GYP Leadership Institute! Investing in yourself or in your organization is the best investment you will ever make.

“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again…”

Abraham Maslow

What is the Journey Leadership Institute?

The Journey GYP Leadership Institute is a nine-month business leadership program which combines the expertise of Gwinnett’s top leadership and development organizations into one cohesive program where participants are led through a series of workshops that work together to grow and cultivate their current skills and knowledge. The program begins each year in August and concludes in April.

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Program Details

The Journey Leadership Institute begins with a combination of training on core values, emotional intelligence, and self-awareness. After developing a deep understanding of self, Journeyers will continue to grow and develop as they participate in each of the 8-monthly topic-based workshops. Each Journeyer will also be assigned to a Crew which will be composed of 5-8 Journeyers and a Crew Leader who will lead them into deeper discussions. Crews will meet in between monthly workshops. Learn more about Crews.

Monthly workshops will cover:

  • Self-Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
  • Conflict Management
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Effective Communication
  • Values-Driven Leadership and Culture
  • Leadership and Performance Management
  • Influence and Power
  • Effectiveness, Innovation and Change Leadership

Attendance: Regular attendance is a vital component of active learning. Attendance is mandatory for all activities assigned to complete the GYP Journey program.

Class Participation: Participants will be expected to complete any required preparations prior to class attendance and engage in active discussions with leaders, peers, and facilitators. Each Journeyer is allowed 1 emergency excused absence during the program. Missing more than 1 Journey workshop may result in expulsion from the program.

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Who Should Apply

We are seeking young professionals with a high potential to succeed in their organization and lead their community! Applicants should have a strong desire to sharpen their personal leadership skills, increase their community influence, and improve their professional skill sets. Applicants must be between the ages of 21-35 and living and/or working in Gwinnett County.

Click here to view a list of past and present Journey participants.

How to Apply

Those who are interested in participating in Journey must submit an application. Once we receive your application, we will review it and notify you of our decision. If accepted into the program, you will be sent a link where you can complete payment for your enrollment.

Employers who are interested in having a team member participate in Journey may nominate them. Once we receive the nomination, we will contact the nominee and relay instructions to them on how to apply.

You do not have to be nominated in order to apply.

Applications for this year’s Journey cohort are now open! The Class of 2024 will be announced on August 1! 

Apply here.


Program Enrollment: $2,000

What is included in this cost?

  • Welcome binder and all printed materials
  • Food and beverage for all 8 workshops, plus the Journey Commencement and Milestone Celebration
  • Venue rental for all 8 workshops, plus the Journey Commencement and Milestone Celebration
  • All Instructor/Facilitation Fees
  • Graduation Plaque

Do I have to be nominated in order to submit an application?
No, young professionals are welcome to apply directly online without being nominated first.

I have an employee that I would like to enroll in Journey. What do I do?
Have your employee submit an application (have them click the APPLY button on our Journey homepage). Once we receive their application, we will review it and notify you of their application status. If accepted, we will send you a link where you can complete payment for your employee’s Journey enrollment.

What are the dates for each Journey workshop?
The full Journey program calendar will be finalized by August 1 and will be emailed to each Journeyer.

How long are the Journey workshops?
Each Journey workshop is from 8 a.m. to noon and will be held at a different location throughout Gwinnett.

Do I have to be between the ages of 21-35 in order to apply to Journey?
Yes, all Journey participants are required to be between the ages of 21-35 upon the start date of the program.

What if I am unable to attend one of the Journey workshops?
While we do have a strict attendance policy for our Journey workshops, we understand that emergencies may come up. Therefore, Journeyers are allowed one absence. If a Journeyer misses two or more workshops, their enrollment in the program may be revoked.

Can I enroll more than one of my employees in Journey?
Yes! There is no limit on the number of employees you can enroll.

Do I have to be a Journey alumni in order to be a Crew Leader?
Yes. In order to apply, you must be a graduate of the Journey Leadership Institute and be enrolled in the Journey Alumni Program.

Journey Alumni Program

The Journey Alumni Program provides a platform for graduates of the Journey Leadership Institute to connect with other alumni, grow their spheres of influence, and continue on in their professional development journey. This program is exclusive to graduates of the Journey Leadership Institute. Click here to learn more.

Applications for this year's Journey cohort are now open! The Class of 2024 will be announced on August 1!

Are you interested in taking your professional development to the next level? Submit your application for the Journey Leadership Institute today!

Are you looking to invest in your organization by cultivating and developing your workforce? Consider nominating your team members for the Journey Leadership Institute!

Are you interested in mentoring a group of high potential young professionals? Apply to be a Journey Crew Leader!



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