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The Student Leadership Council (SLC) is a group of Greater Birmingham area high school students who are dedicated to the mission of keeping families together when they need it most. Students are empowered to make an impact on RMHCA guest families through four key areas: advocacy, fundraising, promotion, and volunteer service.

Membership in the SLC is highly selective and is determined through a competitive application process consisting of an online application, recommendation letters, and in-person interview. Selected students are passionate about our mission, and work together to benefit families while cultivating their own leadership skills, philanthropic spirit, and self-confidence. They are motivated to take initiative, and lead with empathy and compassion – always keeping RMHCA guest families top-of-mind as they plan fundraising events, family activities, and awareness campaigns.

Applications for the 2024-2025 Student Leadership Council closed on April 12, 2024.

Selection Process

  1. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 12, 2024. All application materials are due by this date.
    • A completed application file consists of an online application and two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers, employers, religious leaders, or other volunteer supervisors. Recommendations should be emailed and addressed to Special Events Manager Amanda McCormick.
    • No application will be reviewed until all materials are received.
    • Any application determined to have been completed in part or in whole by another person (including, but not limited to a parent, guardian, sibling, other student, or other adult) will be automatically declined.
    • Students are responsible for contacting Amanda McCormick and their personal recommenders/references throughout the application process to ensure their materials are received.
  2. Once a completed application is received, the candidate will complete an in-person interview with the selection committee typically comprised of the RMHCA advisor and outgoing SLC President.
  3. The selection committee will determine the accepted candidates for the 2024-2025 membership class.
  4. Selected students may serve a maximum of two (2) years, depending on their status as a Junior or Senior and their first year membership performance.
  5. All interviewed candidates will receive a notice of either acceptance or decline via email from Amanda McCormick in the month of May. Students not selected will be encouraged to volunteer independently at RMHCA and to reapply to the SLC the following year if they still qualify.
  6. Accepted students must attend the mandatory Summer Summit on July 9 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House.

The SLC is advised by Amanda McCormick, Special Events Manager. Please reach out to her with any questions or for an update on your application.

Student Leadership Council Requirements and Responsibilities

Thank you to 2023-2024 Student Leadership Council for their service!

2023-2024 Officers

Ananya Mohanraj, President

Alabama School of Fine Arts

Millie McCormick, Vice President

Pelham High School

Kayla Evans, Chair: Advocacy Committee

John Carroll High School

Hannah Harbison, Chair: Fundraising & Events Committee

Hewitt Trussville High School

Elizabeth Harris, Chair: Marketing & Communications Committee

Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School

Melany Morgan, Chair: Service Committee

Alabama School of Fine Arts

2023-2024 Members

Anna Kate Bailey

Vestavia Hills High School

Henry Maluff

Mountain Brook High School

McKenzie Blackledge

Hoover High School

Surabhi Nevrekar

Hoover High School

Amelia DeLano

Evangel Christian School

Rohan Parekh

Vestavia Hills High School

Mary Beth Dicen

Briarwood Christian School

William Peng

Alabama School of Fine Arts

Hailey Garcia

John Carrol High School

Frederic Smith

Mountain Brook High School

Suhani Joshi

Hoover High School

Addison Wollitz

Spain Park High School

Cynthia Liu

Alabama School of Fine Arts

Will Woodke

Mountain Brook High School