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When We Underestimate Youth Leaders

There is a near constant flurry of activity on the Loyola Lakeshore campus. It’s going on day 3 here in Chicago, IL at Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership’s longest and largest youth leadership event, the World Leadership Congress (WLC). Group sing-alongs and dance parties erupt out of thin air. Pedestrian traffic halts for spontaneous hugs and […]

SMART Fears

As a HOBY alumnus, you may have heard about a little something called SMART Goals, with the prevailing mantra that SMART Goals lead to smart actions. SMART Goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based and they make us more effective and reliable leaders. Have you reached your SMART goals in the last year? Hopefully, […]

More like 2 Days of No Complaining?

The New Year asks us to take a hard look at ourselves, our habits and behavior, to make a judgment about the trajectory we are on. That is very much the spirit of our 21 Days of No Complaining Challenge. Many of you took the pledge with us to attempt to banish our inner Negative […]

Complaining like your life depends on it

Can you go 21 Days without complaining? Like, not even once? We like to tell ourselves that venting is an important part of letting things go. But more often than not, retelling negative stories allows our thoughts to stay negative much longer than they would otherwise. Complaining is an obstacle to effective leadership. Such a leader […]

A Resumé that Resonates

Ah, the resumé, your work/life experience in 2 pages or less. There will be few documents you will spend more time on than your resumé. Many hours, sweat and yes, some tears may go into crafting the perfect summary of everything you know and are. But dry those tears, HOBY is here to help. Whether […]

7 Adulting Skills Every HOBY Teen Should Have

While the HOBY universe is motivated and compassionate, we could still benefit from stepping back to do a personal inventory of what we still need to learn and to examine how we present ourselves to others. Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of NYT bestseller ‘How to Raise an Adult’ and former Stanford dean; wrote an article for […]

Kindness– let’s fill up the cup this week!

Guest Post by Tami Seeger: The challenges facing our communities and our world are often enormous and complicated. Often, we come with our own set of challenges. According to Psychology Today, approximately 15 million Americans struggle with some form of depression every year.  It can be difficult to know where to start. Luckily, there are […]