BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus seeks seventh and eighth grade applicants for the Judy O’Bannon 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.

Participants will engage in leadership development activities on Saturdays October 21, October 28, and November 11, 2017 from 9a.m. to 5p.m. These weekends will take place at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington. From January through April 2018, students will meet twice a month 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. Meeting days will be determined by the group participants and mentor. In April 2018, students will make a final presentation of their project at a public event on the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus.

The deadline to apply for the Youth Leadership Academy is Friday, September 8. To apply, visit and click “Youth Leadership Academy.” Participants will be notified September 15. For more information, contact Jennifer Daily-Mantha at or 812-330-6006.

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.