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Deadline Extended Until Wednesday To Apply For Youth Leadership Academy
Updated June 6, 2016 5:54 AM
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(BEDFORD) - Due to the end of school year activities, the deadline to apply for the Lawrence County Youth Leadership Academy, presented by Duke Energy and the Bedford Chamber, has been extended to Wednesday.

The objective of YLA is to seek, prepare, involve and sustain young leaders from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and teach them about the numerous assets and opportunities within the Lawrence County community.

Those who participate will have five day-long sessions focusing on education, career development, health and wellness, community service and government from July 18-22. The program is designed for students finishing eighth grade, and only 20 students will be accepted. The goal is to accept representatives from each middle school in Lawrence County.

YLA -- spearheaded by Bedford Mayor Shawna Girgis, the Bedford Chamber, the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County and Duke Energy Government and Community Relations Manager Bruce Calloway -- is a creative week-long program designed to build young leaders in the Bedford area.

The program is focused around five pillars: education, career development, health and wellness, community service and government.

Applications are available at the Bedford Chamber, Teen Center, City Hall and the Bedford Public Library. For more information, contact Blaine Parker at or call (812) 275-4493.

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