Loyola site for summer youth leadership conference

Loyola University Chicago has been selected as the host site for the 2011 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership World Leadership Congress to be held July 23-30, according to Business Wire. The gathering will mark the 20th anniversary since this prestigious event was last held in Chicago in 1991.

Now in its 43rd year, the 2011 World Leadership Congress is expected to attract more than 400 youth ambassadors from the United States and at least 15 different countries who will engage in leadership learning and hands-on community service projects. Participants will include a portion of the nearly 10,000 high school students who will attend one of HOBY’s 70 leadership seminars to be held across the country in the spring. That group will be complemented by international students that help enrich the learning experience of today’s global society.

“Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Loyola University Chicago’s Lakeshore Campus will provide an inspiring backdrop for a week of learning and personal development,” said Javier LaFianza, president and chief executive officer of HOBY.

“The high school students who attend will not only share experiences with their peers but will be exposed to community, government and business leaders who will help them cultivate their leadership potential. For many participants this is a life-changing event.”

The 2010 HOBY World Leadership Congress was held at the University of California, Los Angeles. Countries represented at that gathering included Korea, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, the United Kingdom and others. It is anticipated that the 2011 Congress will include students from those countries plus many others as well as high school sophomores from all 50 states.

For more than 50 years, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership has helped to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders by inspiring a global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs annually provide nearly 10,000 local and international high school students the opportunity to participate in unique leadership training, service learning and motivation-building experiences. HOBY also provides adults the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of youth by volunteering, and today more than 4,000 volunteers and over 365,000 alumni proudly make up the HOBY family. Further information may be obtained at www.hoby.org.

– Melanie Enright

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