Senator Susan M. Collins to Speak to Student Leaders of the 207

Group of student leaders in the Hyde-Bath mansion during the April 2015 Leadership Day
Group of student leaders in the Hyde-Bath mansion during the April 2015 Leadership Day

Uncovering and nurturing a student’s leadership skills has been part of a Hyde education for the past 50 years. The leadership school’s founder, Joe Gauld, has always believed that each student has a gift to give his or her community and to the world. Hyde School has been built upon the belief that “Every individual is gifted with a unique potential that defines a destiny.”

On Friday, November 6, at Hyde School’s campus in Bath, the fourth Maine Youth Leadership Day will begin with a keynote address by prominent Maine leader, Senator Susan Collins.

In the audience there will be close to 1,000 aspiring student leaders representing over 40 Maine schools and school groups. After hearing the Senator speak, the attendees will rotate through three sessions of workshops, choosing among 30 topics led by both student leaders and distinguished Maine community and business leaders. Each workshop will be centered on the day’s theme of understanding our differences, and embracing our similarities. They will focus on the importance and challenges of sound moral character and the practice of leadership, helping students develop a heightened sense of personal leadership and character.

After a bagged lunch, the attendees will all once again convene for a Student Discussion Panel before heading home.

Throughout the event Hyde media students will be capturing interviews with visiting students, asking them about their perceived strengths and challenges of being a leader in Maine. The public can follow the event on social media channels using the hashtag #leadersofthe207.

The event is sponsored by the Maine State Leadership Alliance (MSLA) at Hyde School. Part of the Hyde educational philosophy is that in order to become your best possible self, you must develop an understanding of yourself, the presence to speak, and the grit and confidence to go the distance when the going gets tough. The MSLA was created to help students achieve these objectives, and they have two goals: 1) to bring together Maine youth with Maine leaders to explore and promote leadership development; and 2) to provide qualified Maine students a life-changing leadership opportunity with a postgraduate year at Hyde School.

The previous Maine State Youth Leadership Day on April 9 attracted over 600 high school students from 37 Maine middle and high school groups to the Hyde campus in Bath. These events provide opportunities for Maine youth to build meaningful, reciprocal relationships that will last a lifetime, as well as build confidence in their own leadership potential.

For more information about Maine Youth Leadership Day and the MSLA, or to sign your school group up to attend on November 6, contact Director Stefan Jensen at Hyde School, 207-443-7144, or visit

Photo Gallery of the April 2015 Leadership Day