The six-week program began with icebreakers and a tower challenger -- where the teens had to create a free-standing, five-foot tall tower with flimsy items.
47 high schoolers from Permian, O.H.S and New Tech Odessa are taking part in program, with the theme being: "Building a Better Odessa."
"As they say, everyone just wants to leave home at this age, but we all sort of come back to where our family is. Hopefully they'll bring all these skills they're teaching now and they'll learn more and bring them all back, " Amy Lawler, of Leadership Odessa, said.
The program is organized by the professionals participating in the concurrent "Leadership Odessa" program.
In the coming weeks, the "Junior Leadership Odessa" will take the teens behind the scenes of city's economy.