March 12, 2020

Our Lake Placid Day Out was, in my opinion, the most informative day out yet! I’ve lived in Lake Placid my whole life and I think I learned more that day then in my whole 16 years I’ve lived here. For instance, I come from a religious family and we attend church every...

March 12, 2020

My favorite part of the day was when we went into the woods at the Smoak Ranch to complete a trust exercise. When we entered the woods we stopped at a tree which had two chains locked around another tree. Two people had to stand on the chains and help each other to get...

February 10, 2020

Our day started out by heading out to the 12 Hours of Sebring Racetrack, and while we were there, we heard about how the racetrack in little old Highlands County is adored by people over in Europe. We heard about the history of the racetrack and how it came to become w...

February 10, 2020

For our day out in January, YLH and I explored businesses throughout Sebring. From understanding how the local International Raceway makes money to understanding the largest employer of our county, AdventHealth. The best experiences had to be The Results Companies and...

February 10, 2020

On Wednesday, January 29th, the YLH class traveled to different businesses in Sebring to learn about what each business does and how they contribute to the community.  First, we went to the Sebring Raceway and learned how the 12 Hours of Sebring and how the tourists it...

January 17, 2020

Thursday as we all met for Social Services day. We started the morning off with a team building
meeting. We discussed the Habitude we would be focusing on throughout the day, which was
the Opportunity Statue. This Habitude was to teach us to grab a hold of your opportu...

December 23, 2019

One of the most enjoyed types of television these days are crime and detective shows, from the prisons and high tech technology that gives DNA evidence in a few seconds. However, from my experience with Government Day with Youth Leadership Highlands, I have learned tha...

December 23, 2019

Honestly, I am not sure if this day can be beat. It was amazing to see how
little Highlands County is so much more intricate and structured than it appears
from a teenage mind. With the YLH program, we got to experience everything
from forensic science experiments to t...

December 23, 2019

The other day our Mason G. Smoak Foundation group got to go on a trip that our advisors called Government Day. The trip was exactly as it sounded, we were able to see how different parts of our local government work and how they come together to allow our county to fun...

May 27, 2019

The Youth Leadership Highlands of the Mason G. Smoak Foundation’s annual Grocery Cart
Race was a fantastic experience. We were given instructions to go to local businesses around our
county and tell them about our program and what we do and also ask them for donations....

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