Jo Pease, founder of Louisiana Youth Seminar, supporter of spring gala. Read about Pease and LYS here:
Jo Pease’s passion is helping young people develop leadership skills and learn to believe in themselves. Because of that passion, she has for more than 40 years devoted much of her time and energy to a program that encourages youth to develop their potential to succeed and achieve goals. Pease and two other Northwestern State alums – Val Marmillion (1971) and Karl White (1969) — cofounded a summer leadership program, the Louisiana Youth Seminar, in 1971 that has since empowered more than 9,000 high school students from throughout Louisiana.
“Having one person believe in you and reach out a helping hand to give you a shot can have a huge effect,” she said. “Each year, I am touched by the students who come to LYS as they tell me how much LYS has impacted them.”