Saunderstown resident and North Kingstown High School Sophomore Alexa Brennan, recently attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar held at Camp Aldersgate, North Scituate, RI.
Alexa joined more than forty other young high school leaders from the region. Representing North Kingstown High School, Alexa is the daughter of Michael and Sandra Brennan.
Each spring, select area sophomores from public and private
high schools convene at one of the 70 State Leadership Seminars across the
country to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to becoming
effective and ethical leaders. Student
participants (known as HOBY Ambassadors) take part in hands-on activities, meet
leaders of their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while
learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community.
At the end of their seminars, HOBY Ambassadors are
challenged to give back by serving at least 100 volunteer hours in their
communities. Students who complete the
Leadership for Service (L4S) Challenge within 12 months of their seminar are
eligible for the HOBY L4S Challenge Award and the President’s Volunteer Service
Award. Alumni who log 4,000 hours of
service receive the President’s Call to Service Award from HOBY. To date, HOBY Ambassadors have performed over
3 million hours of volunteer service in their communities.
Following a motivational meeting with Dr. Albert Schweitzer during a trip to Africa in 1958, Actor Hugh O’Brian was inspired to establish Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership. “One of the things Dr. 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.” For further information about HOBY programs, visit www.hobyri.org.