Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus seeks seventh and eighth grade applicants for Ivy Tech’s second annual 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.

“Ivy Tech’s Youth Leadership Academy gave me skills I will use for the rest of my life, such as building the confidence I need to speak in front of a large audience,” said Joelle Jackson, inaugural youth leadership academy participant. “It was a fun and educational experience that I will value forever.”

Students in grades seven and eight, from any school in Monroe County, are eligible to apply for the Youth Leadership Academy. Students will engage in leadership development activities on Saturdays – October 24, November 7, and November 14 from 9a.m. to 4 p.m.

Starting January 2016 through March, 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 school or community. As the culminating event, students will also be required to make a final presentation of their project at Ivy Tech’s 13th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service. The Institute will take place in April 2016.

The deadline to apply for the Ivy Tech Youth Leadership Academy is Friday, September 11. For information and to apply, visit www.ivytech.edu/obannon 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.