Second session of Okeechobee Junior Leadership Camp wraps up

Posted 7/1/22

Thirty-seven Okeechobee students celebrated the completion of their two-week stint in the Okeechobee Leader Skills camp on June 30.

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Second session of Okeechobee Junior Leadership Camp wraps up

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OKEECHOBEE- Thirty-seven Okeechobee students celebrated the completion of their two-week stint in the Okeechobee Leader Skills camp on June 30.

The camp is the second of two sessions happening this summer. Students visited various community organizations, businesses, and potential future employers. At the end of the camp, students gave a final presentation on what they would like to enhance within their community.

Joleyne Hair gives a presentation on expanding OYLS. (Photo courtesy Kaylee King/Lake Okeechobee News)
Joleyne Hair gives a presentation on expanding OYLS. (Photo courtesy Kaylee King/Lake Okeechobee News)

Some of the projects presented by the students in this second session included a dog park in Okeechobee, indoor athlete clinic, art studio, expanding Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show to special needs kids, public transportation, solar speed radars, and a 5k for veterans through the American Legion.

Twenty-seven students participated in the first round of the camp. Each session lasted eight days.

The camp is a partnership between Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC), The Education Foundation, and Okeechobee County Schools. It’s co-sponsored by Children Services Council. The purpose of the camp was to enhance local young leaders through personal development, career exploration, soft skill training, and prepare this for the future workforce.

After their final presentations students were given a $300 stipend for their time and effort. Overall, $24,000 was provided by sponsors for the student stipends.

Middle school students from the second session of the Junior Leadership Camp. (Courtesy photo Education Foundation of Okeechobee/Lake Okeechobee News)
Middle school students from the second session of the Junior Leadership Camp. (Courtesy photo Education Foundation of Okeechobee/Lake Okeechobee …
Middle school students from the second session of the Junior Leadership Camp. (Courtesy photo Education Foundation of Okeechobee/Lake Okeechobee News)
Middle school students from the second session of the Junior Leadership Camp. (Courtesy photo Education Foundation of Okeechobee/Lake Okeechobee …

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