O'Bannon Institute

ALL MONROE COUNTY STUDENTS, GRADES 7-8, are encouraged to apply for this free leadership program.


MISSION: The Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington Youth Leadership Academy seeks to involve young leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences in Monroe County in an innovative and creative program designed to foster civic commitment and engagement.

CURRICULUM: Students will participate in leadership development activities over three concentrated weekends in October-November 2014. These weekends will take place at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington. Beginning in January 2015, students will meet weekly or bi-weekly with an Ivy Tech mentor to complete a project that meets the needs of youth or solves a problem faced by youth in their community or school. Students will complete their projects and make a presentation to the community at the 12th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service (http://obannon.ivytech.edu).

Students in 7th and 8th grades from any school in Monroe County are eligible to apply. Students will be selected by a panel of program coordinators. The application deadline is September 5, 2014. Students will be notified by letter September 19, 2014.


1. Students may turn in applications to their middle school guidance offices by September 5, 2014, or mail or drop off to Chelsea Rood-Emmick, at Ivy Tech Community College, 200 Daniels Way, Bloomington, IN 47404.

2. Type or print all information.

3. Essay answers are limited to 100 words for each answer.

4. Form must be signed by the student and a parent/guardian.

For more information, contact Jennifer Daily-Mantha at 812-330-6301 or Chelsea Rood-Emmick at 812-330-6037. For the most up-to-date program information, refer back to this webpage.


Students must be available from 9a.m. to 5p.m. on the following three Saturdays: October 25, November 1, and November 15, 2014.

During January, February, and March 2015, students will meet weekly or bi-weekly until 5pm. Meeting days will be determined by the group participants and mentor.

Students will be required to make a final presentation of their project at the 12th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service. The tentative dates for the Institute are either April 10 or April 17, 2015.

The O'Bannon Institute for Community Service is presented by Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington