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Alumni Spotlight: Megan de Armas – HOBY Florida South, 2016

“HOBY taught me that I can make a difference in the world around me. It transformed me into a confident, global leader.” Megan De Armas utilized her HOBY skills with her experience in volunteering to create her own nonprofit project, “Kickin’ It With Kidz.” Her inspiration for the program began the summer of her eighth-grade […]

The Future is Feminine

March: home to Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. This tradition has been around in one form or another since 1909 and focuses on amplifying the hisherstories of sheroes who helped to shape a more female-friendly world.   While I am grateful for the grandmothers who gave everything to provide opportunities for girls like […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]