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Teens take part in Michigan Youth Leadership Academy

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(06/28/12) - This week, 25 Flint-area teens are taking part in a life-changing opportunity.

They're attending the Michigan Youth Leadership Academy hosted by Michigan State Police.

Finding the rhythm of life is always a challenge. For these teens, tuning out all distractions is a step in the right direction.

For one week, 25 Flint-area teens are being pushed - physically and mentally. Here, failure is not an option. They're learning that their challenging backgrounds do not define them.

The teens are part of the Michigan Youth Leadership Academy in Lansing, hosted by Michigan State Police.

Michigan State Police hope they'll become leaders in their own community. A community that so badly needs their guidance.

The week-long boot camp style training has much more to do with teaching integrity than physical fitness. In every exercise, there is a team-building experience.

From the classroom to the pool, the lessons are big and small. Especially for those who didn't know how to swim before this week.

 "She was telling us how to float and so when I was floating, when I was about to lean back it was kinda scary, I jumped back too fast and water started getting in my mouth. It took a couple times, but I finally got the hang of it," said Duralle Hare, Youth Leadership Academy Participant.

"When I finish, I feel successful and I know that I accomplished something," said Darwin Smith.

By weeks end, there is a great sense of unity among the group.

Together, they've found a rhythm and they hope others will catch on.

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