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Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:51 am

Verbatim: YLNI launches high school program

The Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana issued the following news release today:

FORT WAYNE, IN – Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) is excited to announce the inaugural High School Leadership Institute program. The program will take place over two weeks in June, with 21 participants learning about various topics from community leaders.

Local high school students will explore topics on temperaments and interaction styles, interpersonal communications, networking opportunities, and financial strength and basic budgeting. They'll also explore the city, taking a tour of the Allen County Courthouse, meeting Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, touring the beautiful Embassy Theatre and the award winning Parkview Field, and getting a hands-on experience at the U.S. Paralympic Training site at Turnstone Center for Children & Adults with Disabilities.

The students participating in the program are:

Steve Alvarez – South Side High School

Janae Andrews – Snider High School

LaKayla Armour – Snider High School

DeMisha Billingsley – East Allen University

Carter Bonecutter – Leo Jr./Sr. High School

Luke Casterline – New Haven High School

Austin Caudill – New Haven High School

Berenice Cruz – South Side High School

Claryce Dager – Homestead High School

Jurneť-Len Davis – Snider High School

Emily Farler – Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School

Jesus Gonzalez – East Allen University

Rachel Kitzmiller – New Haven High School

Shelby Kruckeberg – East Allen Choice Alternative School

Jaydiin Moye – East Allen Choice Alternative School

Victoria Rader – North Side High School

Austin Richards – Homestead High School

Martavius Sherrill Jr. – Snider High School

Luke Spangler – Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School

Sierra Svozzi – Homestead High School

Zachary Trocchio – Snider High School

The new program is organized by a group of seven YLNI volunteers, led by committee Chair Stephanie Taylor.

“High School Leadership Institute is a way for youth to advance themselves in our community through learning and networking with their peers,” Taylor said. “Getting them in a room with these community professionals would not be possible, but for this program. The exposure that they'll gain to each other, community leaders, and to physical spaces they might not have accessed before is what I am most excited about for the participants.”

The YLNI High School Leadership Institute is made possible thanks to the following sponsors: Strahm Building Solutions, Design Collaborative, Turnstone Center for Children & Adults with Disabilities, Arts United, Hoppy Gnome, Indiana Michigan Power, and Foellinger Foundation.

For more information on the program, visit