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Alumni Spotlight: Brooke Mazzone – HOBY New Jersey, 2013

“HOBY teaches its youth that youth means very little. Age is nothing but a demographic. We are young, yes, but we hold the capacity to change the world in a world that desperately needs change!” Growing up as part of a resource family for foster children, Brooke Mazzone has always had a passion for helping […]

Kindness– Let’s Fill Up the Cup This Week!

The time for kindness is now. This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Yes, ALL Week! Every day is an opportunity to spread happiness, and it doesn’t take much. Studies show that acts of kindness and service to others improves our own physical and mental health, and is rumored to increase lifespan! When learning […]

WLC: What I Wish For Every High School Student

The HOBY experience has been nothing but OUTSTANDING! Both of our sons attended South Florida HOBY and WLC, Nicholas in 2015 and Noah in 2018. From the moment we sent Nick to HOBY we had no idea what to expect, but as a family, we were going through a tough time with him and honestly, […]

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 […]

Inaugural Leadership Awards Dinner Honors Dallas Moguls

HOBY held the inaugural Leadership Awards Dinner in Dallas, Texas on November 1st, 2018 We were grateful and honored to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the evening’s honorees, Doug Dywer, Sara Fulmer, Meranda Cohn, American Airlines and Neemekh Mudvari. It was special to share a room with so many who believe in our mission to […]

Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Harris Starts Youth Mentorship Program

  Brandon Harris, 18, founded Coalition for Success, a non-profit which recruits a wide array of successful professionals in Annapolis to volunteer as weekly mentors for teens from gang- and violence-stricken neighborhoods. Harris, who attended HOBY’s Maryland Leadership Seminar in 2016, built the organization on HOBY’s principles of leadership, service, and innovation. It explores new […]

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A Two-Way Street: Initiating a Better Feedback Loop

I have found an investment in people is the best and most important investment you can make, both in business and in life. I can draw a straight line between my success today and mentorship—both in having folks in my life willing to mentor and in my own willingness to accept such guidance and support. […]

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 […]

Emmah Bowers will receive the HOBY 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Award

The HOBY Outstanding Young Alumni Award was created to recognize and honor HOBY alumni, ages 25 and under, for their accomplishments and service. The winners of the award have distinguished themselves as leaders among their peers and in their communities. They have served in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities and have made a significant difference […]

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 […]