Fort Hays State University's Kansas Youth Leadership Academy will begin the academic year with new leadership.
Cathie Klein, a former Hays middle school teacher, became director Aug. 1. She has been actively involved with youth for 13 years and is active in her church. Klein graduated from FHSU with a master's degree in organizational leadership. She said she hopes to get more students actively involved in leadership roles while promoting KYLA throughout the state.
"I'm excited to lead more youth and hopefully make a positive impact on them," said Klein.
Cari McGrath began as the associate director of KYLA on July 17. McGrath, who is with AmeriCorpsVISTA, has decided to dedicate her year of service to KYLA. She received her bachelor's degree from FHSU in health and human perfomance and became the campus life coordinatior at North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit before joining the KYLA staff.
"I'm looking forward to developing the leadership skills of Kansas youth," said McGrath.
KYLA is a statewide, comprehensive and all-inclusive program designed to promote youth leadership development. It has provided leadership training to more than 1,500 Kansas youth over the last year. All Kansas students in grades 6-12 are welcome to participate. McDonald's Owner-Operators of Kansas have joined in the partnership of KYLA to promote the development of future leaders.