Scotch Plains Teen Inspired By Hugh O’Brian Leadership Seminar

Liban Ahmed

EDISON – Liban Ahmed of Scotch Plains was among 250 students from the state of New Jersey to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar.

The three-day program offered Ahmed a crash course in self-leadership, group-leadership and decision-making skills from mentors attending universities such as Brown and Harvard. Self-value, responsibility, confidence, integrity, maintaining balance in one’s life, and critical-thinking were some of the other lessons taught during the seminar.


“These qualities of leadership are key to achieving success. People tend to follow others instead of driving their own lives,” said Ahmed, who learned from guest speaker Jim Tuman (national youth speaker and radio/television personality) that priority should be placed on thinking of others instead of material things.

Liban, the son of Dr. Omar Abdi and Ms. Ester Abukar, was selected to attend the HOBY seminar based on nominations from faculty and staff members. Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspired and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.

“I want to be there to help others in the best way possible,” said Ahmed, who has performed hundreds of hours of community service at his local YMCA, hospital, and American Red Cross. He also looks forward to encouraging his classmates to reach into their local communities and lend a helping hand.

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