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Alumni Spotlight: Brooke Mazzone – HOBY New Jersey, 2013

“HOBY teaches its youth that youth means very little. Age is nothing but a demographic. We are young, yes, but we hold the capacity to change the world in a world that desperately needs change!” Growing up as part of a resource family for foster children, Brooke Mazzone has always had a passion for helping […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Arielle Harleman – HOBY Central Pennsylvania, 2009

“HOBY allows our youth to take charge of their life, whether it be in their home, school, community or future. I find that leadership through service is one of the most important things we portray.”

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WLC: What I Wish For Every High School Student

The HOBY experience has been nothing but OUTSTANDING! Both of our sons attended South Florida HOBY and WLC, Nicholas in 2015 and Noah in 2018. From the moment we sent Nick to HOBY we had no idea what to expect, but as a family, we were going through a tough time with him and honestly, […]

Alumni Spotlight: Mae McClintock – HOBY Florida-Mid, 2017

“ HOBY without a doubt changed my life, and helped me discover that giving back is what I want to do with my life.” During childhood, Mae McClintock had a need to seek treatment at Shriners Hospital Tampa, a non-profit hospital where no family pays for treatment. She had always desired to say thank you […]

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Playing the Field: How to Make the Most of College Tours

1 universe, 8 planets,  204 countries, 809 islands, 7 seas, 6 billion people… and my heart still told me it’s you. Sitting in bed with my favorite NYU t-shirt (pictured above), I realized that no matter how many groans and “ews” might follow after hearing something like this, there’s always a sense of satisfaction when […]

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Laible – HOBY Pennsylvania Central, 2017

“HOBY has given me the courage to serve others before myself.” In the summer of 2018, Sarah Laible, who attended the HOBY Pennsylvania Central seminar in 2017, volunteered in Madagascar with Operation Christmas Child. Sarah writes, “Last summer I had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel with Operation Christmas Child to give less fortunate […]

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Why Your Study Abroad Experience Will Change the World

Leaving home for weeks, months, and years to study while living halfway around the globe was not necessarily something I pictured myself doing while growing up in my small hometown.  When the opportunity presented itself, I was excited to meet wonderful people, learn about cultures new to me, try delicious foods, and see the big […]

Inaugural Leadership Awards Dinner Honors Dallas Moguls

HOBY held the inaugural Leadership Awards Dinner in Dallas, Texas on November 1st, 2018 We were grateful and honored to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the evening’s honorees, Doug Dywer, Sara Fulmer, Meranda Cohn, American Airlines and Neemekh Mudvari. It was special to share a room with so many who believe in our mission to […]

Giving The Gift of Leadership

The most important words uttered in HOBY history were spoken by Dr. Schweitzer, “the most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves.” The thought shook Hugh O’Brian to his core and in 1958, he put Schweitzer’s words into action by founding HOBY. 60 years later, more than 500,000 students […]

HOBY Alumni Spotlight: Neemekh Mudvari Bridges Communication Between Educators and non-English Speaking Community

“I came back from HOBY determined to share what I had learned. I realized my purpose in my district, and my purpose in life.” After immigrating to the United States without his parents, Neemekh Mudvari became a student at Westfield High School in Spring, Texas. Neemekh is of Mexican and Indian descent. Moving to the United States […]

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