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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 […]

Dear World Changer, Just Don’t Quit

Dear World Changer, I get it. You want to change the world. You want to launch that business. You want to feed starving children. You want to change this nation’s laws on equality, gun rights, healthcare and more. You want to make an impact … a difference. And, spoiler alert, you are capable of that […]

Here we are again–be a leader that takes action.

Here we are again.  Another senseless, tragic school shooting leaving a trail of devastation, pain and loss in it’s wake.  What was once unimaginable and unspeakable now feels routine.  And that may be the greatest shame of these tragedies. Yes, our thoughts and prayers always go out to the victims, families and the communities but […]


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, […]

6 Ways to Help– Disaster Recovery

Our thoughts continue to be with all of those affected by recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean along with the earthquake victims in Mexico. HOBY is committed to helping our Global Community by empowering YOU, our hundreds of thousands of alumni, to do whatever you can to help the efforts […]

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 […]

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 […]


Why is it important to have an accountabilibuddy? Every day we’re learning, changing, growing, and busy, so sometimes we set goals for ourselves that we end up pushing off or forgetting about. When this happens, we can be quick to let ourselves off the hook for not meeting the expectations we’ve set for ourselves. “I […]