Youth Leadership Institute

The fall of 2006 marked the implementation of an academic year long leadership program for students in 9th and 10th grades. The goal of the program is to bond youth from different communities in the county and to develop a future adult leadership base that will remain in the county after college.

The current program, funded through the Arkansas Division of Behavioral Health Services, is a year-round program program that meets on the first and third Saturdays of each month and serves 9th-12th graders. The first Saturday is an education day and the second Saturday is an action day; a day to put what the participants have learned into action in our community.

A wide array of activities gives participants the opportunity to think about and practice life skills and workforce preparation skills. Focus areas include leadership, communication, goals and decision-making, community involvement. civic responsibility, career exploration, and more. The 2014-2015 program curriculum has an emphasis on substance abuse prevention.

Students are also expected to complete various service projects and annual fundraising project. The program ends with a graduation/recognition ceremony in May.

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