New Milford resident Gregory Winkelstern is gearing up to attend the HOBY’s Advanced Leadership Academy this summer.

The junior at New Milford High School is seeking financial support to attend the conference in Chicago.

He hopes to raise $1,500, which would cover the conference and transportation.

The Hugh O’Brian Youth Advanced Leadership Academy is a program initially launched in 2013 for any high school junior or senior from the U.S, Canada, and Mexico.

Students are not required to have participated in other HOBY programming to be eligible to participate in the ALA.

Through the HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy, participants understand and develop themselves along the seven dimensions of the Social Change Model of Leadership, and how they work together to accomplish the eighth dimension, change; use Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to identify and understand their own strengths and capabilities; create a project action plan to lead and implement a service project or social enterprise in their home communities within one year following the ALA; meet new people and establish an ongoing network or peers, other leaders and social entrepreneurs; and earn college credit from George Mason University.

Greg attended a three-day assembly at the University of Bridgeport last year through HOBY.

Over the past year, he has become vice president of the Connecticut Chapter of HOBY, maintained activity in the organization (service events and socials), and now he is looking to continue his education.

“I have already discovered my place in this organization,” Gregory said. “Now I only hope to continue exploring it, and seizing every opportunity I find.”

“I am very excited to bring back what I have gained at ALA to the town of New Milford,” he said. “I hope to inspire the next generation of leaders in our wonderful town.”

Donations to support Gregory’s attendance at the conference can be made out to the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, with a memo Gregory Winkelstern ALA 2017, and mailed to Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, Attn: Advanced Leadership Academy, 31255 Cedar Valley Drive, Suite 327, Westlake Village, CA 91362.

Gregory’s name must appear in the memo line on checks for the donation to be applied to his expenses.

For more information about HOBY, visit www.hoby.org.