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Local attends HOBY leadership congress

September 5, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

Matthew Slaven of Poland, recently attended the 2012 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership World Leadership Congress. Matthew joined more than 425 international students representing 15 different countries for the week-long seminar. Matthew is the son of Skip and Donna Slaven and represented Poland Seminary High School. Founded in 1958, HOBY is the nation's foremost nonprofit youth leadership development organization.

Now in its 44th year, the World Leadership Congress is a dynamic leadership program that brings together students from the U.S. and abroad. WLC attendees had access to a distinguished group of leaders from a variety of backgrounds including business, government, international affairs, science and technology, medicine, media, and education. The weeklong program included interactive and dynamic educational sessions, collaborative workshops, leadership exercises, community service projects and individualized trainings.

"The students attending the WLC have demonstrated outstanding character, leadership and determination," said Javier LaFianza, president and CEO of Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership. "Every single HOBY WLC volunteer can attest to this group's ability to create a positive change in the world. There is no doubt that this week has prepared everyone for a lifetime of successful leadership, devoted to improving our communities and the world, in service to others."

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership was established in 1958 by actor, Hugh O'Brian, following an inspirational visit to Africa with Dr. Albert Schweitzer. The goal of HOBY is to provide a catalyst to lifelong leadership development, empowering individuals to achieve their highest potential. As the Ambassadors are exposed to new ideas and engage in challenging topics, HOBY hopes to illustrate how to think constructively and discuss complex issues with individuals from various backgrounds and beliefs. HOBY's goal is to show the Ambassadors how to think rather than what to think. Since 1958 HOBY has been a part of more than 365,000 students' lives, many of whom continue to volunteer on HOBY seminar planning committee's, in their local communities, and schools to keep the HOBY sprit alive.

The World Leadership Congress was held July 21 28 at Loyola University Chicago's Lakeshore Campus. To learn more about HOBY or the World Leadership Congress, please visit at



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