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Youth Lead by Example at NHF’s Annual Meeting

The National Hemophilia Foundation held its third National Youth Leadership Institute at the 58th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Youth leaders from around the country honed their leadership skills and used them with the younger kids.

“On Saturday, our Youth Leaders got practical experience by providing peer-to-peer education to kids and teens,” said NHF Education Manager Lauren Daitch. “Educational games were customized to each age group.” The curriculum focused on leadership, team building and self-empowerment.

“NYLI was an incredible experience for me,” said Cecilio Velasco, 18, of Davis, CA. “I learned a lot and I met a lot of good people.”

Youth Leaders are young adults 18 years or older who have previous leadership experience and apply to the program. They implement leadership projects in their communities, working with their local chapter or association. Future plans for NYLI include meetings throughout the year to enhance leadership skills, held in conjunction with national and regional events, such as Washington Days, On the Road conferences and New York Leadership Weekend.

For more information, contact Lauren Daitch: 212-328-3756 or


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