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The WLC: A Response to the Call for Positive Social Change

Thousands of high school sophomores have already completed their state leadership seminars – many of them conducted virtually as an innovative response to the call for adaptation of HOBY seminars in a world currently experiencing a pandemic-a global crisis-the folds of which have continued to impact our organization as they have other non-profits all over […]

Favorite Memories from Years Past: #HOBYThrowback

The school year is officially ending and graduation photos are popping up all over the internet. Schools have organized drive by parades, hosted social distanced processions, hung posters honoring students, and dug deep into their creativity to honor graduating seniors. High school seniors share their favorite moments across social media and celebrate the last four […]

Meaningful Leadership: Finding Coherence and Purpose in a Pandemic

Memes and social media posts jest that time and days of the week have no meaning during the pandemic. The structure that comes from commutes, bus rides, classes, and offices has practically vanished. On our calendars we mark the passing of events that would have been. We lack the usual rhythm of finals, graduations, and […]

Think Global, Act Local: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2000, the global community came together to change the world through a series of 8 goals – the Millennium Development Goals  (MDGs) – all focusing on lofty ways to make the world better by 2015. In 2015, the global community realized that their original goals were not Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, or Time-bound enough, […]

Global Youth Service Day: Yes, you can still make a difference while staying at home.

by Ali Fergusson, HOBY Intern Global Youth Service Day #GYSD2020 is right around the corner and even though you are stuck at home, there are so many ways to volunteer. The 32nd annual Global Youth Service Day, which occurs on April 17 through 19, encourages anyone around the world to commit to service within their […]

QUARANTINED GROUP LEADERSHIP: Remaining Physically Distant but Socially Connected

At its core, group leadership involves an individual using their skills to uplift the group. Group leaders emerge when they are willing to listen to the needs of group members, and empathize, learn, empower, and adapt. Central to any team is being unified by a common purpose or the achievement of shared goals. This sudden […]

Personal Leadership During a Pandemic

Diving into personal leadership requires we become more aware of ourselves – our strengths, weaknesses, values, identities, experiences, behaviors – and how these interact to form our unique leadership style. What does personal leadership look like in the face of a global pandemic? Put simply, it’s self care. It’s learning to be more in tune […]

Gratitude in a Time of Crisis

by Cheryl Brenn, HOBY Chief International Programs Officer There is no doubt we are in the midst of a global health crisis.  We are navigating, continually changing environments and situations, some of which we couldn’t even imagine just a week or two ago.  Ask any high school or college student if they thought they would […]