BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus seeks area seventh and eighth grade applicants for the Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), 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 for participation.

YLA students will engage in leadership development activities on three Saturdays, including Oct. 19, Oct. 26, and Nov. 9, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These meetings will take place at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus. Beginning in January 2020, 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. Students will complete their projects and make a presentation at a public event in the spring of 2020. 

To apply, visit and click “Youth Leadership Academy.” Participants will be notified of acceptance on Oct. 1.  The deadline to apply for Ivy Tech’s Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy is Friday, Sept. 27. For more information, contact Jennifer Daily-Mantha at or 812-330-4402.

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.