Leadership Whitley County Class 12 alumnus Brandon Ferrell (left) accepts Operation RoundUP grand funds from Gene Donaghy of Northeastern REMC. The donation will help cover the cost of tuition for students to participate in LWC. Photo contributed
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several of Whitley County's youngest leaders received a boost recently thanks to the support of Operation RoundUP and Northeastern REMC.
Leadership Whitley County's Young Adult Inititaive was awarded $900 in grant funds to provide partial scholarships for each of the Whitley County High School students participating in the program.
Full tuition to the program is $600. Since incorporating students in the program two years ago, LWC has worked to partner with local supporters in an effort to offset the cost of tuition to the students.
"We realized the youth voice was important and should be heard," said LWC Program Director Kelley Sheiss.
"There is also a benefit to incorporating youth and adults cooperatively in a servant leadership program.
â€œThe adults gain a broader appreciation and perspective for youth ideas and opinions, while the students network with professional adults and enhance their leadership skills, better preparing them for a successful future."
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