The Chickasaw Nation is accepting applications for the Chickasaw Leadership Program for the 2016-2017 school year. Deadline for application is Sept. 15.

The Chikasha Pehlichi Ikbi Youth Leadership Program is a 12-month program that will assist young Chickasaw students prepare for higher education opportunities, learn skills to serve as ambassadors in their communities and become resourceful and impactful young adults.

Students will participate in team building challenges, go on educational expeditions and learn about Chickasaw and Native American history and culture.

In addition to the application, students must be 14-18 years of age, have a 2.0 grade-point average and reside within the 13-county jurisdictional boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation.

Applications are available at

To ask questions  or to apply, contact the division of youth services at (580) 310-6620.