For Shelly Young, Operator of Chick-fil-A Marbach at 410, in San Antonio, Texas, working with young people is not only a part of her and her husband Jack’s daily life in the restaurant—it’s their passion. So, when they first discovered the opportunity to start a Chick-fil-A Leader Academy program in their community, they jumped at the chance.
A room of 30 high school students watches a video explaining how to lead by serving others. This sparks a classroom discussion where students share stories about times when they have experienced the power of giving back. The class then brainstorms some ways they can give back to their community right now.
When Kristen Baskin moved to Athens, Georgia, in 2012, she was surprised to find there wasn’t a composting service offered to businesses in town. Composting is a simple process: Businesses place organic material, like food scraps, into a compost container that is collected each week and taken to a compost facility. There, the organic material breaks down and turns into nutrient-rich soil that can be shared with local farms or gardens — or can be delivered back to the business to use.