A leadership program targeting girls beginning in the fifth grade is coming to Tipp City.

The Young Women of Distinction program will hold a day camp the week of July 16 for young girls who will participate in hands on activities designed to help build leadership skills.

The Young Women of Distinction program was held in Troy for a decade beginning in 2000. Hopes are to create a similar program for Tipp City area girls, said Mike Nygren, a Tipp City resident who was behind the Troy Young Women of Distinction program and is overseeing the local effort.

The Troy program worked with more than 1,000 young women during its run, he said.

The leadership training project will be led by other young women including McKayla Mangen, student director. She is a recent graduate of Tippecanoe High School and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. A group of high school female mentors and adult mentors also will be involved in the program.

The camp includes a July 16 team building kick off followed by activities July 17 through July 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. except the last day that ends at 8:30 p.m. with a dinner.

The cost is $25 per girl, which includes breakfast, lunch, project materials and a T-shirt.

The camp will be held at the Tipp City United Methodist Church, but is not church-based.

“Our vision is to help unlock the talents and natural strengths of young women through providing a fun, safe and creative leadership and community service learning experience,” Mangen said.

Activities will include community service projects identified by camp participants.

Among elements of leadership addressed in the program will be how to have a conversation, how to tell a story, how to plan a project and how to give a speech.

“The reality of leadership training in fifth grade is you will use it for the rest of your life. It is not a maybe. It is a real thing,” Nygren said.

More information on the program is available at http://tippcityumc.org/young-women-of-distinction-camp1.