MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Seventh Annual Youth Leadership Academy is scheduled for Monday, March 10, 2014, at Coastal Carolina University from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sophomores from 35 high schools and nine counties will participate in this one-day leadership conference. This year's theme is "Don't Be Mean Behind the Screen," which refers to the continuing issue of cyber bullying.

The students will take part in hands-on activities that focus on team building, self-awareness, values, communication and ways to get involved in their respective communities.

In addition, the students will hear from several local leaders including:

  • Keynote speaker Cory Bailey, assistant coach/recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach for Coastal Carolina University
  • Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. David DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina University

"The beauty of the Youth Leadership Academy is it instills in young students the confidence and know-how to recognize their own potential for being effective leaders in their communities," said Shannon Furtick, membership programs manager for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Youth Leadership Academy organizer. "This year's academy promises to continue that objective with a timely theme and a great lineup of speakers and activities."

With the help of the current Leadership Grand Strand class, this event annually draws over 400 students and 70 facilitators.

For more information, go to www.AnnualYouthLeadershipAcademy.com.