Press Release: Youth Leadership Graduation 2013

June 3, 2013

LEADERSHIP PALM BEACH COUNTY Celebrates Graduation for Youth Leadership Program, Awards NINE Scholarships

46 high school juniors look back on a unique county-wide leadership immersion

WEST PALM BEACH FL, May 21, 2013 - Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) recently honored student graduates of its Youth Leadership Program and awarded college scholarships to nine program participants who reflected on leadership and their own career focus in outstanding essays. The graduation celebration was held on May 15 at the Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach. More than 150 guests enjoyed remarks by program chair Eric Hopkins as well as a key-note address by Ed Chase.


The 2013 Youth Leadership Class was composed of forty-six high school juniors representing twenty-three different schools throughout Palm Beach County. Selected by school principals and guidance counselors, Youth Leadership class members are immersed in a nine-month curriculum that gives students unparalleled access to county industries, leaders, and experiences. This year, on-site session days brought students into the studios of Channel 25, the kitchen of the Breaker’s Hotel, down into the Kennedy Bunker and aboard airboats in Grassy Waters Preserve. These talented young leaders honed skills in public speaking, interviewing, and resume-writing.


LPBC’s Youth Leadership program is coordinated by volunteer alumni of the organization’s adult leadership program and has graduated over 575 students. The next class begins in September 2013. Incoming high school juniors interested in participating should speak with their principal or guidance counselor. For more information about the Leadership Palm Beach County’s Youth Leadership Program or to make a tax-deductible contribution to support the scholarship fund, contact LPBC Executive Director, Christina D’Elosua at 561-833-4321, or visit

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