Updated: February 27, 2014 6:02AM
Kara Hynes, of Orland Park, a sophomore at Mother McAuley High School in Chicago, attended the National Young Leaders State Conference in Chicago before this school year.
The conference is sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council and focuses on honing leadership skills for outstanding students in grades six through nine.
The National Young Leaders State Conference occurs in 50 cities throughout the country during the spring and summer months.
Hynes joined students from Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota for the intensive four-day program. Their journey began with an assessment of their personal strengths and unique abilities and led to learning essential skills such as establishing goals, collaborating with a team and managing diversity; effectively speaking in a public setting, maximizing a group’s strengths, and taking ownership of their actions.
Social opportunities included group discussions, student-led seminars and a student-led variety showcase.
Hynes is a 2012 graduate of Palos South Junior High and is a sophomore honor student at Mother McAuley, where she participates in many activities, including the theatre and music programs.
The Congressional Youth Leadership Council is a nonpartisan, educational organization. For more information, visit www.cylc.org.