July 28, 2014

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington seeks seventh and eighth grade applicants for Ivy Tech’s 2014-15 Youth Leadership Academy, a program designed to foster civic engagement among youth. Participants will develop leadership skills, create a community service project, build communication skills, and meet community leaders. There is no fee to participate.

Students in grades seven and eight, from any school in Monroe County, are eligible to apply for the Youth Leadership Academy. Participants will engage in leadership development activities on Saturdays [October 25, November 1, and November 15, 2014] from 9a.m. to 5p.m.

From January through March 2015, participants will meet with an Ivy Tech mentor to complete a project that meets the needs of youth or solves a problem faced by youth in their community or school. They will also be required to make a final presentation of their project at Ivy Tech’s 12th Annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service. The tentative dates for the Institute are either April 10 or April 17, 2015.

The deadline to apply for the Youth Leadership Academy is Friday, September 5, 2014. For information and to apply, visit and click “Youth Leadership Academy.”

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.