OKLAHOMA CITY — Youth Leadership Oklahoma will hold a half-day leadership workshop for high school students from the southeast region of the state April 18 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on the Durant campus.

The forum will be from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and lunch will be provided. The forum is free of charge to all students who attend.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to attend this free leadership workshop, where students will hear from dynamic speakers, network with other high school leaders from the southeast part of the state and participate in breakout sessions on preparing for college and leadership opportunities in college. The students will leave equipped as better leaders, returning to better serve their schools and communities.

To RSVP for the forum and obtain more information, email Lee Anne Stone, youth director, at lstone@leadershipoklahoma.com or call the Leadership Oklahoma office at (405) 848-0001.

About Leadership Oklahoma and Youth Leadership Oklahoma

In 2001, Leadership Oklahoma conducted extensive research to create a model youth program unlike any other in the country. It was important that the program be designed to be educational and inspiring and instill in our young leaders hope, pride and responsibility for Oklahoma’s future. The result was YLOK and a weeklong journey each summer across the state that introduces high school students between their junior and senior years to the leaders, issues, resources and cultural treasures of Oklahoma.

To date, over 900 students from 266 schools have participated in the program. Many have called the experience life-changing.

The CEO of Leadership Oklahoma is Marion Paden, and the youth director is Lee Anne Stone.

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Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.