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HOBY Was the First Place I Saw a Woman of Color in a Leadership Position

This is a transcript of a speech was presented by a HOBY alumna at the closing ceremony for the 2019 HOBY Connecticut Seminar. Let me tell you a story about a student. She has thick, brown, curly hair. Each hair follicle that sprouts from her head falls into its own individual curl pattern. Some days she likes to wear her […]

WLC 2019 Program: A Sneak Peak

The HOBY World Leadership Congress 2019 is just under five weeks, and we are putting the final touches on our WLC 2019 Program. What is WLC?  It is a weeklong program designed to empower high school juniors and seniors to become mature, cognizant leaders and active global citizens.  More than 450 students from 14 countries […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Donnie Lindsey – HOBY Alabama

“HOBY has redefined my entire philosophy around leadership as a discipline and provided me with a community of people who I recognize as family. I have taken classes and attended workshops on leadership before, but there is nothing like the curriculum that HOBY provides and the wonderful people that convey it so well!” Donnie Lindsey […]

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? […]

In Recognition of HOBY’s Volunteers

We asked HOBY staff and Volunteer leadership to share why they volunteer or work with volunteers, their advice for volunteers and what they love most about HOBY’s volunteers. Lots of nuggets of knowledge and encouragement! Happy Volunteer Month! I work with volunteers because they are the backbone of everything we do at HOBY. Without them […]

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 […]

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 […]