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Del Toro Chosen for Youth Leadership Program
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 • Posted February 22, 2012

A sophomore from Mason High School will attend the GOLD (Giving Opportunities for Leadership Development) Youth Leadership Program in San Antonio May 31st through June 3rd, 2012. The student delegate selected to attend the program this year is Damian Del Toro.More than 120 exceptional sophomores, each representing a different high school, will attend. Provided at no charge to the attendees, the program is funded by supporting service organizations such as Kiwanis, Optimists and Greater Federation of Women's Clubs, as well as individuals and local area businesses. The seminar is organized and conducted by an entirely volunteer staff.This 4-day seminar will focus on developing leadership abilities of high school sophomores and giving them a peer support system. The seminar consists of a series of panels, group discussions and motivational speakers. Leaders from Central and South Texas involved in politics, the judicial system, entrepreneurship, the local community and volunteerism participate as speakers and/or panelists throughout the weekend. After each panel, the delegates meet in small groups to discuss the topic. These discussions are mediated by volunteer facilitators who are designated for each group. A collaborative and rich learning environment is created, which encourages the Delegates to express their beliefs, think for themselves and explore their leadership potential.Committed to promoting youth leadership, the volunteers who organize and lead the Seminar have been involved in youth programs for 20+ years. The program is named in honor of Mr. Dana Gold of New Braunfels, who, during his lifetime, inspired many , both young and old, through his leadership and dedicated service for youth. For more information, visit their website at www.goldleadership.org .

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