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Local Gilbert Teen Attends the Hugh O達rian Youth Leadership Academy

Caleb is the only Arizona student selected to attend Hugh O達rian Youth Leadership Academy.

Gilbert, AZ, February 25, 2014 --( Caleb Alger [16], a Gilbert resident, had the distinction of being the only Arizona student selected to attend the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Advanced Leadership Academy in Birmingham, Alabama, from February 13-17.

Alger is the senior youth member of the East Valley Young Marines in Mesa where he holds the rank as Young Marine Master Sergeant (MSgt) and is a student of the American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek.

“The HOBY Leadership Academy was a life changing experience that gave me the leadership techniques to go back into my community and make a difference.” -Caleb Alger

The five days at the HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy are exciting and intense. The Academy curriculum is designed to provide multiple ideas, information, and resources to participants as they formulate an action plan. The program utilizes a college text, Leadership for a Better World: Understanding the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (LBW), a book written for students who seek to understand and demonstrate leadership to address social issues. The program helps students develop their entrepreneurial skills and refine their vision into a plan of action to lead a service project or launch a social enterprise back in their home community.

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at:

Dana Lippincott/480-737-0517,
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