Hugh O’Brian and Monmouth already have one connection. The late actor is perhaps best known for portraying Monmouth native Wyatt Earp on a No. 1-rated television show in the 1950s and 1960s.
On March 18, a second connection will be made as Monmouth College will host a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)
Community Leadership Workshop.
“The Community and Leadership Workshop offers students a one-day HOBY-style experience that connects them with other local high school students and leaders in the community,” said Monmouth Assistant Director of Campus Events Ryan Doyle, who is directing the daylong program. “The workshop will improve students’ self-confidence and ability to solve difficult issues.”
O’Brian started the program in 1958, thanks to nine inspirational days he spent with the great humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer at his clinic in Africa. Schweitzer’s strong belief that “the most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves” impressed O’Brian.
HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop the global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. O’Brian’s idea was to bring a select group of high school students with demonstrated leadership abilities together with a group of distinguished leaders in business, education, government and the professions, and let the two interact.
O’Brian visited Monmouth in 2008 for the 160th birthday of Wyatt Earp and spoke about the HOBY program.
“We are looking for leaders – the kids other kids follow – not only those with the highest grade point averages,” he said. “Catching them at the right time with the right message can turn them around 180 degrees.”
Free to nominated students, the program will feature, among other activities: a motivational speech by Monmouth Assistant Director of Leadership Development Jake McLean; a panel on leadership, featuring the first class of Monmouth students who were named Stockdale Fellows
; skill development and teambuilding activities; and a presentation on community service, led by Monmouth City Administrator Lowell Crow.
Information about the program is available from Doyle by emailing Campus Events