Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership ambassadors share experiences

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Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership ambassadors, including Aidan Maronde of Murrieta Valley High School, Bryce Mey of Chaparral High School, Michelle Griffith of Great Oak High School, Leilani Jurena ofTemecula Valley High School, Kalyn Hill of Murrieta Mesa High School and Cameron Finch of Vista Murrieta High School take a photo with Anne Kooiker, Temecula Valley Woman’s Club HOBY chair, after sharing their experience with club members. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Six students from six local high schools shared their experiences with the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program and what it meant to them with the Temecula Valley Woman’s Club recently. The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership is a nonprofit youth leadership development program for high school sophomores. The concept for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership was inspired in 1958 by a nine-day visit O’Brian had with famed humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Africa. Schweitzer believed “the most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves.” Two weeks after returning to Los Angeles, deeply inspired, O’Brian put together a prototype seminar for young leaders. O’Brian’s message was explained in an essay on the topic, entitled “T
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