Youth Leadership Bartholomew County, formerly long ago known as Youth Salute, is a program that recognizes and rewards the positive accomplishments of our community’s youth. YLBC has been a viable and successful program for more than 30 years. Initially, the program was a cooperative effort of the Columbus Noon Rotary and spearheaded by two local women very active in our community: Nancy Wall and Connie McGinty, both former Columbus Service League women.
In 2006, Columbus Service League accepted the responsibility to continue this wonderful program. For eleven years Columbus Service League ran the YLBC program growing it to over 275 participants, increasing its visibility, and making its leadership program one of the best in central Indiana.
In 2016, CSL ended a very long and prosperous partnership with the Columbus community, by putting an end to all of their service work closing a chapter that lasted for over 50 years. This unfortunately included ending ties with YLBC. However, Columbus Service League made it possible for the YLBC program to continue in Bartholomew County by giving $20,000 to the Bartholomew Consolidate School Foundation to oversee and manage this worthwhile Leadership Program.
Today, several community partners have stepped up to oversee and run the YLBC project by making sure the vision and goals of this leadership program are fulfilled and carried out.
We are excited that for many years to come, Bartholomew County Youth Leaders will get to experience and benefit from this active program.