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Calling All Leaders: Leave Your Mark

HOBY’s founder Hugh O’Brian believed that everyone “if given the opportunity and encouragement to recognize his or her own potential, regardless of background, has the freedom to choose in our world. Will an individual be a taker or a giver in life? Will that person be satisfied merely to exist, or seek a meaningful purpose? […]

Making All the Difference: Youth Leadership in Uganda

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” -Albert Schweitzer In January, with my “Seminar in a Suitcase” packed and ready to go, I ventured off on my very long journey to meet up with our in-country partners, The CEMM Group, and the HOBY Uganda […]

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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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 […]

HOBY Volunteer Earns President’s Lifetime Achievement Award – Heather Myers

Longtime HOBY volunteer (and new HOBY staff!) is the first alumnus in HOBY history to earn the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award. To earn the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, you must complete 4,000 hours in your lifetime. Heather has earned 5,166.5 as of October 11th, 2018. Over the last 24 years, she has helped many worthy community organizations and projects […]

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HOBY Partnering With JCI USA

Why is HOBY partnering with JCI USA? HOBY and Junior Chamber International (JCI) have a long track record of leadership development. Both non-profit organizations are international in scope with a presence in communities around the world. JCI members share many of the same values as HOBY volunteers and we believe our partnership will not only […]

Fantastic Mentors and Where to Find Them

“There are two ways to face the future. One way is with apprehension: the other is with anticipation.” Jim Rohn Finding your life’s calling is often viewed as winding and tumultuous. Numerous institutions, organizations, and professions exist for the sole purpose of helping people find their life’s purpose. Mentorship is one such strategy. Under the […]

HOBY and Phi Sigma Pi Connect at Regional Conferences

Throughout the months of March and April, HOBY partner Phi Sigma Pi conducted regional conferences with their chapter members and alumni nationwide.  HOBY was represented at each of the 21 conferences, where our volunteers and staff were able to present about HOBY and address questions from participants.  Two of HOBY’s most enthusiastic and seasoned volunteers, Donna DiIanni and […]

Global Youth Service Day

Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities. Join the Movement.  GYSD is the largest service event […]

Region Y Volunteer Spotlights

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and is about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.  According to Points of Light, “National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social […]