The Illinois Jaycees selected Collin Corbett, a Palatine resident, as an honoree of its Outstanding Young Persons of Illinois award’s program which annually recognizes young people throughout Illinois who excel in their chosen fields, endeavors and show a great commitment to their respective communities.
Corbett was recognized in the category of political, legal, and/or governmental affairs. Corbett is owner of Cor Strategies, a political solutions and advisory firm. Since the company was started 5 years ago, Cor Strategies has consulted on over 250 campaigns and assists private sector and civic organizations with a variety of public affairs issues.
“When one sets out to make the world a better place, they don’t do so for recognition,” said Corbett. “I’m so thankful to the Jaycees for this award, but even more so for providing young people an opportunity to be part of something bigger than themselves and realize that ‘service to humanity is the best work of life.'”
Working with a number of local high schools, Corbett speaks to civics classes, encouraging involvement, and assisting young people with getting involved in the political process. Corbett also founded a non-profit organization, NXTgen Illinois, which facilitates a training and mentorship program for young leaders from across the state of Illinois. NXTgen provides this ethnically, gender and geographically diverse group with guidance, education and experience opportunities to help them build successful political careers.
Corbett is active in a number of civic organizations and serves as a trainer for The Leadership Institute, a national candidate and activist training organization. He is also active in his local community as an active member of the Palatine Jaycees, having served on their board for several years. He serves as Assistant Head Usher for his church, Harvest Bible Chapel, and helped found his local party organization. He also serves as a mentor for young entrepreneurs at Fremd High School as part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
The Illinois Jaycees will honor Corbett at an awards banquet on May 2nd at the Springfield Hilton. The event is supported by friends and employers of the honorees, local Jaycee organizations, Illinois businesses and the Illinois Jaycees Charitable Foundation. Friends and local businesses can purchase an ad in the banquet awards program to offer congratulations and support. Banquet tickets and program ads can be purchased at www.iljaycees.org/toyp
Leadership development through community involvement has been the basis of the Jaycees since its inception in 1920. The goal of the not-for-profit organization is to provide members a means to reach their full potential through networking and personal growth opportunities and is ideal for proactive young people, ages 18 to 40. Members enhance a variety of skills as they work together to plan and run civic and individual development activities in their home communities and chapters. Illinois is one of the largest Jaycee states in the United States. To learn more about the Jaycees or to locate a chapter nearest to you, visit www.iljaycees.org.