Leadership program to host summer youth academy

A participant in the inaugural Summer Youth Academy (2014) addresses his fellow campers and parents during the Commencement Ceremony at the close of the two weeks. Each year the students select one of their own to speak at graduation.

Over a two-week period in July, 35 rising seventh through ninth graders can get a better understanding of their community and themselves when they attend the Leadership Prince William Summer Youth Academy.

Leadership Prince William, a nonprofit aimed at inspiring and engaging leaders in the Prince William County area, is accepting applications for their fourth annual academy.

The students must live or attend school in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. The 10-day camp runs from Monday through Friday, July 16-27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., on the grounds of Youth for Tomorrow’s campus in Bristow.

Students will have an opportunity to enhance their team building, communication and leadership skills, beginning with a personalized assessment and extending to a group exercise where they engage in an entrepreneurial competition to raise funds for a local cause. Additional aspects of the camp help students understand how their community works together, with themed days focusing on topics like Arts & Culture, Health & Human Services, Environment & Open Spaces and History/Government.

Students are encouraged to apply before the end of June and tuition is $450.

For more, call 571-765-7568.

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