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All students, grades 7-8, from any school in the area are encouraged to apply for this free leadership program. 
Application deadline: Monday, September 20, 2021.


Mission
The Judy O'Bannon Youth Leadership Academy seeks to involve young leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences in an innovative and creative program designed to foster civic commitment and engagement.

Curriculum
Students will participate in leadership development activities over three Saturdays: October 2, October 9, and October 30. These meetings will take place at Ivy Tech and last from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Beginning in January 2022, students will meet regularly with an Ivy Tech mentor to complete a service project that meets the needs of youth or solves a problem faced by youth in their community or school.

Selection Process
Students in 7th and 8th grades from any school in the area are eligible to apply. Students will be selected by a panel of program coordinators. The application deadline is Monday, September 20, 2021. Students will be notified of acceptance by Friday, September 24.

Instructions
Complete an electronic application by clicking the “Apply Online” button at the top of this page. Please keep in mind that essay responses are limited to 100 words each, and the form must be signed by both the student applying and a parent/guardian.
Note: please do not use an MCCSC email address when applying.

Program Dates
Students must be available from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the following three Saturdays: October 2, October 9, and October 30. From January through April 2022, students will meet regularly with an Ivy Tech mentor. Meeting days will be determined by the group participants and mentor.

Questions?
For more information, contact Jennifer Daily-Mantha at (812) 330-4402.