More than 400 high schooler students cleaned, planted, painted and otherwise worked to revitalize Humboldt Park this morning for a community service project, part of the weeklong Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) World Leadership Congress at Loyola University.
The group included students from across the country, as well as 130 international students from Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Sudan, Sierra Leone and other countries, according to HOBY.
The work they completed was estimated to be worth $45,000, it said.
HOBY’s World Leadership Congress is designed to allow students to discover their personal leadership potential while becoming responsible and responsive global citizens, according to its website. It includes opportunities to engage with thought leaders in a variety of fields and participate in hands-on activities and service opportunities throughout the week, like the project in Humboldt Park.
Here are some photos of students at work in the park:
Iraqi native, Tabarak Alsaadi, volunteers to paint at the boathouse in Humboldt Park as part of the HOBY leadership program Tuesday, July 22, 2014. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media
HOBY volunteers gather to paint at the boathouse in Humboldt Park Tuesday, July 22, 2014. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media
Tim Mason of New London County, Connecticut, assists in painting structures at the boathouse in Humboldt Park as part of the HOBY leadership program Tuesday, July 22, 2014. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media
HOBY volunteers gathered at the boathouse in Humboldt Park to work on various projects around the park Tuesday, July 22, 2014. |Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media