K-State offering annual animal science leadership academy

Students from across the country with an interest in the livestock industry and related careers can apply now for the Kansas State University Animal Sciences Leadership Academy.

The academy, which is celebrating its 10th year, is an intensive four-day educational experience designed to enhance the leadership skills and animal science knowledge of students in grades 9 to 12.

Hosted by the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and sponsored by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council, the academy’s goal is to develop young leaders within the livestock industry and prepare them for a successful future in this field.

“The academy is truly a rare opportunity for youth that want to enhance their leadership and educational experiences in agriculture,” said Craig Good, LMIC president. “Part of the LMIC mission is to assist the animal sciences department at K-State in its goal of providing great educational and research opportunities for youth across the country. I can say without hesitation, that supporting the leadership academy for the past 10 years has been a very rewarding and worthwhile activity and helps fulfill that mission.”

The tenth class will meet in Manhattan, June 6 to 9. Applications are due April 2 and can be found at www.YouthLivestock.KSU.edu.

The program’s itinerary will feature interactive workshops, tours and mentoring time with animal science professors. Industry leaders will also join the participants frequently to share their knowledge and expertise. Throughout the week, participants will work in teams to evaluate current events within the animal science industry and educate others. The event ends with team presentations and a closing reception.

Only 20 students will be accepted for each session to ensure individualized attention from counselors, professors and industry leaders. Participants will stay on the K-State campus in university housing. Transportation to and from the event is the responsibility of the participant, along with a $50 fee to reserve his or her space. The fee is only due upon acceptance and not at the time of application. LMIC generously provides all other sponsorships.

For questions, contact academy director Sharon Breiner at [email protected] or 785-532-6533.