Gisele Grover is back again this year on our Operations team for seminar and all year has been helping raise the funds necessary to make our seminar possible. With Gisele on Ops we can rest assured that things will run smoothly!
When asked why she volunteers with HOBY Maine, Gisele said: "I volunteer with HOBY because these kids are our future leaders. To see the growth in these kids from when they check in on the first day to when they leave the last day is truly an amazing experience. HOBY has also allowed me to meet and make close friendships with other volunteers. Volunteering makes me happy to know that I can help make a difference in these kids lives."
Her favorite leadership quote is: "Is what it is" is only true unless you are willing to make a change."
Rounding out the Clifton family of volunteers is Steve Clifton our 2014 Director of Operations. For many years Steve has supported HOBY through osmosis, being married to Sydney, our Corporate Board President, but when their daughter Megan attended HOBY in 2012 he decided to jump all in and take on the Director of Operations role for seminar. During the year he helps a great deal with fundraising as well. When not working on HOBY Steve works as a Merchandising Coordinator at Hannaford Supermarkets.
When asked why he volunteers with HOBY Maine, Steve said: "It gives me hope for the future to see so many young, passionate adults willing to put themselves out there and make their world a better place."
Steve is an avid movie buff so it is not surprising that his favorite quote is from the silver screen: "Do, or do not. There is no try" Yoda
Please join us in welcoming Steve to the 2014 team!
Sophia Mitropoulos attended HOBY Maine in 2007 as an ambassador from Noble HS. Returning every year in Junior Staff roles - Sophia has been an integral member of the HOBY Maine team since her ambassador year. In 2012 Sophia became a Senior Facilitator, attended the HOBY Training Institute and asked to take on the Director of Recruiting position. Sophia is committed to making the registration process easy for our school partners, parents and students. Sophia graduated from Emerson College last year and now works in Boston at an advertising agency as a digital project manager.
When asked why she volunteers with HOBY Sophia said: "When you're 16 years old and trying to figure out who you are, you're highly impressionable. You're scared, and you're thinking about your future; what college you'll go to, what career path you think is right for you. You need leaders and someone to hold your hand to give you the confidence you're looking for to get you through the next two years in a small town. You need people to tell you running away from that small town isn't the answer to everyone's problems, but that getting away for a while isn't out of reach. HOBY gave me the confidence to move to Boston, but helped keep me grounded enough to understand that I was blessed to grow up where I did. It made me want to make an impact on my community, and helped me realize 16 year olds actually did have the power to do that."
Sophia's favorite leadership quote is: "When you're playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder. Show the world how much you'll fight for the winners circle. If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor." - Pat Riley
Sophia returns to seminar staff this year
Amy Lufkin has volunteered with HOBY Maine previously as a Senior Facilitator (2010) and Registration Support (2013). This year Amy took on the role of Assistant Director of Social Media and joined our Curriculum Development team. Amy works as a Retail Training Specialist for Hannaford Supermarkets and is a recent newlywed!
Amy volunteers with HOBY Maine: "To make a difference in youth, giving youth a chance to learn about how they can give back and help their communities. Also, I love meeting new people and working together on a common goal."
Her favorite leadership quote: "The Tallest Oak in the forest, was once just a little nut that held it's ground."
Known best and most fondly to her HOBY family as Princess Chelsea - we are excited to have Chelsea Leclerc back on staff for 2014. Chelsea will be a Junior Facilitator for the second year in a row. Chelsea attended HOBY Maine in 2011 from Noble HS and now attends Wheelock College in Boston, MA.
When asked why she volunteers with HOBY Maine Chelsea said: "I volunteer with HOBY Maine because it makes me feel good to help others. I remember how much I was struggling to realize my potential and feel good about myself in high school, so helping someone of that age who has so much to offer but doesn't realize their capabilities is really life changing for me."
Chelsea's favorite leadership quote is: "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." -Henry Ford
Please join us in welcoming Chelsea to the team!
HOBY Maine is seeking at least one (possibly two) Senior Facilitators for our 2014 seminar.
Our facilitation staff are critical to the success of our program. Together with an alumni Junior Facilitator, the Senior Facilitator leads a small team of ambassadors through the HOBY Maine experience. Senior Facilitators must enjoy working with outstanding youth; want to make a difference and like to have fun!
The commitment for a Senior Facilitator is Thursday, May 30th (6pm) through Sunday, June 1st (3:30pm) at the University of Farmington as well as a training seminar on May 18th in South Portland.
Senior Facilitators must be available for the entire seminar. Room and board are provided during the seminar.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Senior Facilitator please contact Sydney Clifton as soon as possible (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are very excited to welcome Jessie Campbell to our Senior Facilitator team. Jessie is an Education Associate at the Island Institute working with helping island schools work, learn, play, and collaborate together via technology! She gets to plan field trips, set up collaborative events and projects, and visit and work with island students and teachers around technology in the classroom.
When asked why she wanted to volunteer with HOBY Maine, Jessie said: "I WANT to volunteer with HOBY Maine because I believe in supporting youth in our state to foster their leadership, communication, and teamwork skills and build their confidence in themselves."
Jessie's favorite leadership quote is: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ― Mary Oliver
Welcome to the team Jessie!!
HOBY Maine 2014 will surely be well documented with Alex Au capturing all the greatest moments as our photographer! Alex works as an Assistant Store Manager for Hannaford Supermarkets in Middleboro, MA and is a recent graduate (2012) of Boston University with a BA/BS in Business Administration & Finance.
When asked why he wanted to volunteer with HOBY Maine, Alex said: "I believe that the youth and young people of today are the future innovators, trend-setters, and geniuses of tomorrow. I feel that HOBY is a great catalyst for empowering these future leaders and provides a fantastic outlet for development and growth."
Alex's favorite leadership quote is: “The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” - Helen Keller
Welcome to the team Alex!
Miranda, better known as MJ, is a 2002 Alumna of HOBY Maine and a new member of our volunteer team. She joined the curriculum development team last Fall and just recently agreed to take on the role of Alumni Advisor for 2015!
MJ works as a Learning Design & Development Specialist for Delhaize (parent company for Hannaford Supermarkets) by day and a DJ by night!
When asked why she wanted to volunteer with HOBY Maine, MJ said: "I think we can all lead from where we are, where ever we are.. There is no need to wait- you have power and influence beyond measure! High School doesn't always feel like the "best years of your life," and I know what I learned at HOBY in 2002 helped me excel in "the best of times and the worst of times." (If you find me while you are at HOBY and you can name the book I pulled that from, I'll give you a prize). Mostly, let's be honest, I really like to dance- and there is a lot of that at HOBY. You have been warned.
MJ's leadership quote is:
"I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches." - Alice Roosevelt Longworth
We are very pleased to announce that Jerry Edwards has stepped up as our 2014 Director of Program. Jerry has volunteered with HOBY Maine for three years as a Senior Facilitator and was looking for a new challenge. Jerry has a passion for curriculum development and together with the rest of the curriculum development team has worked tirelessly for the last several months fine tuning the 2014 HOBY Maine program.
Jerry is on the Business Team at the Apple Store at the Maine Mall, partner at Axion Studios (a recording studio and artist development company) and father to two outstanding kids, Jaylen and Makayla.
When asked why he volunteers with HOBY Maine, Jerry said: "It fills up my emotional buckets - to overflow! I love the opportunity to impact young leaders, and help them to maximize their skills. i want to make an impact, by helping others make an impact."
Jerry's passion for music and leadership likely influenced his choice of leadership quote:
"In music, in playing the piano, sometimes you are playing at a thing and sometimes you are playing in it." - Brenda Ueland