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 is an intensive four-day educational experience designed to enhance the leadership skills and animal science knowledge of students in ninth through 12th grades.

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.

“I highly recommend this experience to anyone,” said 2014 participant Brooke Jensen of Courtland, Kansas. “It opened my eyes to different aspects of the industry and caused me to think a lot about what I could do with my future.”

“We are pleased to announce that we will be expanding the program and offering two sessions in 2015,” said Ken Odde, head of the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

Sessions will take place June 10-13 and June 17-20 in Manhattan. Students may apply for one or both dates as their schedule allows. Applications are due April 1, 2015, and can be found at Youth Livestock Programs.

The program’s itinerary will feature interactive workshops, tours and faculty mentor 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. This experience will culminate with team presentations and a closing reception on Saturday morning.

Only 20 students will be accepted for each session to ensure individualized attention from counselors, professors and industry leaders. Participants will stay on campus in university housing with program staff for the duration of the event. Transportation to and from the event is the responsibility of the participant, along with a $50 deposit to reserve his or her space. The Livestock and Meat Industry Council generously provides all other sponsorships. Please contact academy director Sharon Breiner with questions at sbreiner@ksu.edu or 785-532-6533.