Our purpose is to teach you how to think,
not what to think.
Leadership Seminars are designed to prepare our country’s
high school sophomores to become effective, ethical leaders in their home,
schools, workplace and community. Selected high school students from each of the
50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico, Korea, Taiwan and Israel
attend local weekend seminars annually.
- Improve critical thinking skills. By presenting
multiple viewpoints on important issues, HOBY encourages the HOBY Ambassador
to evaluate all issues from a critical perspective.
- Enhance leadership skills. HOBY’s
question-and-answer format, small group discussions, hands-on service
learning experiences, and assumption of leadership roles will enable HOBY
Ambassadors to better understand leadership and begin to identify their own
particular leadership strengths. Sessions with specific leadership themes,
keynote speakers, and leadership simulation games and exercises complement
their individual understanding.
- Better understanding of the democratic process.
Discussions on democracy, free enterprise, volunteerism and community
service are facilitated during the HOBY seminar.
- Developing goal-setting skills. All aspects of
the HOBY Leadership Seminar are geared to encourage the HOBY Ambassador to
see leadership as a life-goal worth pursuing. At the conclusion of the HOBY
Seminar, the HOBY Ambassador will be encouraged to identify personal goals
and make a commitment to achieve one or more within the six months that
- Realizing the importance of leadership.
As part of our commitment to the Presidents' Summit For America's Future,
HOBY Ambassadors are challenged to complete a minimum of 100 hours of
volunteer service, annually. HOBY's Leadership For Service Program
encourages young adults to give back through community service.
encouraging leadership and educating teenagers about the vast world of
opportunities before them, the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)
program is making a very important contribution to our nation's
- Senator Hillary Rodham