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Young Male Leadership Academy Expands Student Opportunity

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Warren County Public Schools is committed to ensuring achievement and opportunities for all students, and community partnerships play a crucial role in making that commitment a reality. Among the most impactful programs that WCPS students participate in is the WKU Young Male Leadership Academy (YMLA). YMLA is a college preparation and recruitment initiative, designed to develop leadership skills in young males of diverse backgrounds by exploring the teaching profession. All four WCPS high schools are represented in the program with participants in the program attending Greenwood High School, South Warren High School, Warren Central High School and Warren East High School.



The YMLA  students participate in leadership activities throughout the year and competed in the Educators Rising State Conference at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center. The young men from YLMA were among 350 students from across the Commonwealth to participate and they earned several awards advancing to compete at Educators Rising National Conference June 22-25 in Dallas, Texas. Nine students placed in the categories of Ethical Dilemma and Exploring Support Services Careers and earned the opportunity to compete at the national conference. Five students received first place and were awarded $1,500 to assist with conference travel cost.


The award recipients are as follows:

  • Ethical Dilemma, first place: Tomi Mustapha, Chidi Afam, Tayshaun Jones and Simeon Burton, all of South Warren High School

  • Ethical Dilemma, fourth place: Jamale Barber, Tayshaun Bibb, Tre Pillow and Rasean Carothers, all of Warren Central High School

  • Exploring Support Services Careers, first place: Carrigan Watson of Greenwood High School


The Warren County Board of Education approved to continue the partnership with Western Kentucky University this September.  Through the partnership, the leadership academy students will have the opportunity to both receive and provide mentoring services.  YMLA partners with the WKU Intercultural Student Engagement Center for Saturday sessions and Educators Rising Competition preparation. The students are provided the opportunity to work in small groups under the direction of current college students.  On the other hand, the academy is working a plan to provide mentoring services to elementary schools in their respective feeder systems by visiting schools that have implemented the Boys to Men Program. 

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