History

History of Youth Leadership Bartholomew County

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 26 years. Initially, the program was a cooperative effort of the Columbus Noon Rotary and spearheaded by two individual women: Nancy Wall and Connie McGinty, former Columbus Service League women.

In 2006, Columbus Service League accepted the responsibility to continue this wonderful program. For ten years Columbus Service League ran the YLBC program growing it to over 300 participates and increasing monetary scholarships each year.

Sadly in late 2016, CSL ended a very long and prosperous partnership with the Columbus community, and had to put an end to all of their service work. This unfortunately included ending ties with YLBC. Columbus Service League had hoped to find a community partner that would oversee and run the YLBC project. They also wanted to establish an Endowment Fund that would ensure that the Youth Leadership Program continues.

In 2017, it looked as if YLBC would end. Fortunately, several community members and past sponsors have stepped up and offered to continue YLBC. YLBC is getting a later start than usual, but we are excited that our 2017 youth leaders will get to experience and benefit from this active program.