Sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Women and Government, the academy is open to girls entering ninth through 11th grade in the 2013-14 school year and will span from June 9 to 12.
Student participants will attend interactive sessions on topics such as building relationships, motivating people, managing peer pressure and conflict, and running for office. During the four days, the young women will participate in a state government field trip to Baton Rouge, a service project focused on energy and the environment, a networking dinner and an awards banquet.
This year’s program also includes an array of featured speakers and special guests, including country music star and American Idol semifinalist Ayla Brown, Columbine High School shooting survivor Craig Scott, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and several elected officials.
Deadline to apply for the academy is April 1. Participants are competitively selected by a Louisiana Center for Women and Government committee. The only cost to attend is the $75 application fee, which will be returned if the applicant is not chosen to attend.
Participants will spend three nights in university housing and eat meals in Galliano Hall at no extra cost. To download the application or learn more about the academy, visit www.nicholls.edu/continuing-ed/youthpro grams/lgla.