Our Mission

To positively impact our community by promoting healthy aging through social engagement, physical and emotional well-being, civic involvement, creative offerings, and lifelong learning for those over 50 years of age.

Leader Center for Active Life is an independent, non-profit organization which strives to make a positive impact in the lives of anyone 50 years or older in the greater Hershey area. We provide a wide range of physical exercise opportunities, games, travel, educational courses, and social and volunteer opportunities in a pleasant, safe, and welcoming atmosphere. Our goal is to ensure that our members can stay physically active, mentally stimulated, and independent for as long as possible. 

Our History

In the 1980’s a group of AARP members expressed interest in expanding their once monthly meeting which had long provided excellent- but limited- opportunities in the area for community members over the age of 50. When first organized in 1983, the center used two rooms above the Hershey Public Library. 

As buzz of the program grew, so too did the number of members and activities. Then, in 1987, the center moved into Overview Manor, a former Milton Hershey School student home. In 1998, we expanded again, to the eastern edge of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus. At our 25 Hope Drive home, we expanded programs, services, and members. 

In 2015, we were invited to attend a stakeholder meeting regarding the building of a new community center. Through thoughtful planning, the Derry Township Community Center was conceived and the Mohler Center was invited to become part of this true community endeavor. The Leader Family Foundation came forward with a sizable donation to name our new home, Leader Center for Active Life. 

We moved into our 9000 square foot home at 605 Cocoa Avenue in Hershey in June of 2022. This new footprint gives Leader Active Life the opportunity to expand programming and services to local active adults looking for ways to engage and connect.