The Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series has opened the doors for local high school students to participate as youth ambassadors during its 2012 season, giving them an exclusive opportunity to meet the speakers, ask questions and hear them speak. The recently launched Naples Town Hall Youth Ambassador Program is designed to inspire today’s youth to become future leaders in their community and beyond, by connecting them to current world leaders, from experts in the fields of economics, history and science to cultural icons.

In coordination with public and private schools in Collier County, a select group of high school students participate, at no charge, in an educational and interactive assembly before each Naples Town Hall speaker lecture at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples.

“For the first time, students have the opportunity to interact with the guest speaker via a personal meet and greet, as well as with community leaders who will share their insights on issues relevant to the evening’s topic,” says Rick Borman, Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series president and producer. “It’s been great to hear the students pose questions to the speakers. One student asked Glenn Beck his predictions for the Republican primaries, putting him in the hot seat! Clearly, our speakers’ messages are propelling students to think for themselves and formulate their own opinions. That’s our real goal with the program.”

To learn more, visit www.NaplesTownHall.org or call 239-659-6524. The Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers 2012 lineup and Special Events has included media icon Glenn Beck on Saturday, Jan. 7; New York Times best-selling author Rita Cosby on Monday, Jan. 16; and the father of integrative medicine, Andrew Weil on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Upcoming events include Bret Baier, anchor of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” on Saturday, Feb. 25; world-renowned endurance artist, David Blaine will appear on Thursday, March 1; and former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday, March 20.

Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers is the premier non-profit lecture series in Naples, Fla. continuously operating and producing four lectures per season since 1983, Town Hall was the first to bring cultural programming to the area and remains the forerunner in presentation of world leaders, experts in the fields of economics, history and science, as well as cultural icons. Past speakers have included several former U.S. Presidents including George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and George W. Bush; media icons Sam Donaldson, Tim Russert and Cokie Roberts; as well as global leaders such as Benazir Bhutto and President of Israel Shimon Peres.