A total of 61 students from 27 high schools in seven Northwest Indiana counties have begun the second yearlong leadership program, South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement, created by the region's South Shore Leadership Center.
Known as SLYCE, the program also coordinates with its adult counterpart, Leadership Northwest Indiana, and other programs and projects.
SLYCE, intended to reach teens and encourage community leadership at a younger age, launched one year ago last January with its inaugural class of 45 high school students.
During the program, students learn about the region, leadership and the value of civic engagement through speakers, community tours, interactive activities and more.
The group is divided into teams, which are tasked with creating and implementing an impact-based project in Northwest Indiana on topics such as mental health, transportation, drugs, recreational facilities, infrastructure, education and fine arts.
Students are nominated to participate in SLYCE from schools in NWI's seven-county region and are selected after a competitive application and interview process.
To learn more about the SLYCE Program and South Shore Leadership Center, visit www.southshorelc.org.