Young people ages 15 -19 from several counties took part in a Youth Leadership Academy on June 25 and June 26 at the First Christian Church in Macon.
The academy was sponsored by the Kirksville Regional Office/Missouri Department of Mental Health, Macon County Commission for Developmentally Disabled Citizens (MCCDDC), and Learning Opportunities Quality Works (LOQW, Inc.).
Will Hays, who works out of the Monroe City office for LOQW said that the academy was especially targeted for youth just getting out of high school.
"This helps them in the transitioning from high school to the job force," he said.
Darla Wilkerson of the Kansas City area served as academy instructor.
Some of the topics included learning how to interact with others in the job force, self discovery, career planning, preparation for interviewing, and learning the type of jobs available.
The participants were seated in small groups with each group selecting a table leader.
Lunch was provided each day and a certificate of outstanding achievement was presented to each participant.
"This was our second year sponsoring the academy. We had around 38 kids attend both days," said Hays. "Last year we only had 23 participants."