Showcasing Young Leaders

The Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) presented its Youth Leadership Showcase at the Carlsbad City Library. The “Still Working on Our Masterpiece”-themed event started with dinner and socializing in the courtyard, and later featured guest speakers Art Baker, Founder and CEO of Servant Leadership Institute and Owner and CEO of Datron World Communications, Inc. and Alicia Gwynn, President of the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation. Art and Alicia both received special recognition plaques, and each gave an inspirational talk about what it takes to be a leader. Each MTF Youth Leadership Council student also had the opportunity to perform, speak, and present on how MTF has impacted their personal growth and leadership development.

MTF helps families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases, and disorders by providing financial, emotional, and resource support. MTF’s Youth Leadership Council consists of 7th through 12th grade students who represent public and private schools throughout the San Diego region. The group focuses on community service and leadership by planning and executing events that support MTF’s mission, such as fundraisers, toy drives for children, and other activities. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a structured leadership development program. Youth Council students receive community service hours, special recognition at the annual Youth Leadership Showcase, a certificate of distinguished service, and a letter of recommendation for their participation in the project. Applications for next year will be accepted until Sept. 10. For more information visit or call 760-603-8853.