YoJack is accepting applications for the leadership program for the youth of Jackson County.
There will be one class of YoJack in the fall, which will have a monthly meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on a school day from August to December with a different community setting for each session.
That includes the Seymour Police Department in August, Crothersville First Baptist Church in September, Community Foundation of Jackson County in Seymour in October, Camp Pyoca in Brownstown in November and Seymour City Hall in December.
In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in a community service project.
Lunch will be provided, and transportation will be arranged to and from the school building by the schools or parent volunteers.
Students who are currently seventh-graders at Jackson County public and private schools are eligible to apply. Eighth-graders from the local schools will be brought in to serve as youth advisers.
Applications are available at each school and must be filled out and returned by May 7. Once the selection process has been completed in mid-May, students will be notified by letter.
In YoJack, students will learn to be successful by focusing on valuing diversity by completing a Real Colors assessment, which will give them awareness of their own personality style as well as those of their fellow students.
They also will focus on team building, communication skills, peer relationships and habits, such as giving and serving.
“We plan to develop a core group of youth leaders who can help create a positive atmosphere in their schools and communities,” YoJack Director Karen Haas said. “By doing this, we also hope to develop citizens of Jackson County that learn the art of giving of their time, talent and treasure in service to the community at an early age.”
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For information, call 630-440-2174, email [email protected] or visit facebook.com/leadershipjacksoncountyyojack.