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The Final Rose: How to Make the Most out of Your College Decision

If you’ve made it to part two, Congratulations! I hope that after all the college searching, the campus visits, and the tour presentations, you are finding yourself between a rock and a hard place: choosing the college that’s the right fit for you! By the time April came around, there were seven acceptance letters that […]

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Introducing New HOBY Staff!

  HOBY International has quite a few new faces. Learn about what they bring to the organization and what they are most looking forward to!     Heleen Bennett is a Program Associate at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership International office in Westlake Village, CA. She works mainly in customer service, collaborating with school staff […]

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 […]