Youth Leadership Academy

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Youth Leadership Academy

Youth Leadership Academy [PDF] of Madison County is an exciting program for high school juniors. It prepares youth leaders to meet the challenges facing Madison County through hands-on activities and stimulating discussions involving community leaders and visionaries.

During the program the students attend a three-day, two-night kick-off retreat at Camp Tecumseh, taking place in July. Following will be 11 sessions, September through February.

The mission of the Youth Leadership Academy [PDF] of Madison County is to bring together youth of varied economic backgrounds, academic achievement, race, and ethnicity to gain knowledge and ownership as conscientious community stewards.



YLA is a program of the Leadership Academy of Madison County. The classes of 1996 and 1997, seeing the need for youth to experience leadership training and to become valued trustees of Madison County, created the youth program. The graduates of YLA have been instrumental in developing the current curriculum and will be mentors for future classes.

YLA 2013-14 Sessions [PDF]
YLA 2013-14 Class School Listing [PDF]

The Call Members

Thirty-six Madison County young people who will be juniors in the current school year.

  • Demonstrate leadership potential in school and/or community activities.
  • Have interest in the community.
  • Commit to full participation in the program.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic, attendance and citizenship records.

Objectives and Highlights

  • Team Building – Ropes Course
  • Value Diversity
  • Problem Solving
  • Consensus Building
  • Build Communication & Listening Skills
  • Learn Self Worth
  • Visioning – Power of Hope
  • Explore Possibilities
  • Respect– Accountability


Selection of the YLA class is by application. Applications will be available online starting in March for the following school year. You can also obtain an application by contacting your school, community organization or by contacting the YLA office. Click here for the recommendation form.


The cost for the Camp experience and the ten sessions is based on a sliding scale according to the ability of the family to pay. There are also scholarships available for those who qualify.

TuitionFamily Income
Over $75,000
$60,000 -- $75,000
$30,000 -- $60,000
$30,000 & under

Youth Leadership Academy of Madison County
1100 East 5th St.
Anderson, IN 46012

Phone: 765-641-4050
Fax: 765-641-3843

YLA Director:
Pam Shoot–