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GCHS student participates in Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

Sydney Anderson (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. schools) Sydney Anderson (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. schools)

Graves County High School student Sydney Anderson, the daughter of Kenneth and Sherrie Anderson, recently attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar at Eastern Kentucky University.

She joined more than 200 other young leaders representing as many high schools from throughout Kentucky.

“I am very grateful to the Mayfield Kiwanis Club for sponsoring my participation in this wonderful experience,” she said. “It was a real opportunity to meet people my own age from throughout the state and to think and interact in a broader way about our world, its challenges, the future, and our part in it all.”

HOBY Leadership Seminars bring together a select group of high school students from public and private high schools to interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education, media, and non-profit to discuss current and future issues.

The goal is to provide young leaders a stimulating forum for learning about critical issues while broadening their understanding of their leadership potential and quest for self-development.

After their HOBY program, ambassadors are challenged to return to their communities to perform at least 100 hours of community service within 12 months following the leadership seminar.

To date, HOBY ambassadors have performed more than 2.5 million hours of volunteer service.

Since HOBY’s founding, the goal of each HOBY program is to be a catalyst to lifelong leadership development that empowers individuals to achieve their highest potential.

As the participants are exposed to new ideas and engage in challenging topics, HOBY fosters an environment for ambassadors to think constructively and to discuss complex issues with individuals from various backgrounds and beliefs.

HOBY’s goal is to teach ambassadors the process of logical thinking, not what to think.

Since 1958, HOBY has been a part of more than 375,000 students’ lives, many of whom continue to volunteer for HOBY in their own communities.

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership was established in 1958 by the popular actor Hugh O’Brian following a visit to Africa where here was inspired by a meeting with Dr. Albert Schweitzer.

“One of the things Schweitzer said to me was that the most important thing in education was to teach young people to think for themselves,” O’Brian said. “From that inspiration, and with the support of others who believe in youth and the American Dream, I started HOBY to seek out, recognize, and develop outstanding leadership potential among our nation’s youth.”

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