Almost 550 Crawford County sixth graders graduated Wednesday from the Pittsburg Area Chamber Foundation's Youth Leadership Program.
The program focuses on developing leaders in the community by role model interaction and developmental activities such as team-work and resolving conflicts.
This is the 10th anniversary for the program.
"Doing it for 10 years show the teachers think it's worthwhile, the principal, the schools, everyone thinks it's a worthwhile program and the students love doing it, so we hope to be doing it for 10 more years," says Devin Gorman, Vice President of Operations for the Pittsburg Chamber.
"I learned how to be a better leader and how to communicate better," says Garett Bolinger of St. Mary's-Colgan.
Every junior high school in Crawford County has instituted the leadership program.