Macon East juniors Dawn Johnson and Madisyn Kennedy attended the annual Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership conference at Troy University. Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools an opportunity to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. Dawn enjoyed the service project her team did during the weekend, making blankets for area homeless. Madisyn said the overall experience really challenged her to step out of her comfort zone and grow as a leader. As America’s foremost youth leadership organization, HOBY has a long and impressive history of successfully motivating youth and volunteers to outstanding leadership.