United For A Good Cause Inc. invites area high school students in public, private, parochial and/or home-schools, regardless of race, ethnicity, or creed, to attend at leadership, business and government seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at the Costa Leadership Institute in NWFSC’s Niceville Campus. 

Tuition is $10 and includes participation at the Keynote Speaker’s address, three separate breakout sessions, a session with elected officials and non-profit organization leaders, lunch, and a take home seminar binder with resource material.  Prizes will be given away and Rhoda and Weck, a local singing duet, will perform during the lunch break. Scholarships are available for students who may not be able to afford the tuition.

The Keynote Speaker will be Edward L. Hubbard, an internationally known speaker, author, and photographer dedicated to helping others overcome any obstacle, handle any ordeal, and reach any goal by developing the correct state of mind. Hubbard is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, who survived more than six years of captivity during the Vietnam Conflict.  He will donate signed copies of his book, “Escape from the Box: The Wonder of Human Potential,” to the first 100 students who register.  

“What I plan to leave with the students is that their possibilities are unlimited and that it is up to them to figure out what they want to do and how hard they are willing to work to do it," Hubbard said. "That it is not up to somebody else to decide their future.”  

More than a dozen professional break-out sessions will also take place with speakers to include   Peggy Brockman, Desley Parker, Len Williams, Nancy Gaskins, Susan Young, Dr. Joyce Gossom, Ron Green, founder/CEO of Another Broken Egg Cafés, local author Gary Westfal and others.

Sponsorships and donations from businesses and individuals are welcomed. The donations will help defray costs, as well as to provide attendance scholarships to students who cannot afford it.

For more information, call 850-368-3505 or 850-305-3686, or email dt4alexis@gmail.com or estela.elias@embarqmail.com.