Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) inspires and develops our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. For over 55 years, HOBY has empowered high school students of all ages with educational, life-changing programs. Every year, more than 4,000 committed volunteers plan, fundraise, and produce HOBY programs for more than 10,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.

These programs truly change lives! Here is a brief description of the HOBY programs and ways for your club or organization to get involved:

The State Leadership Seminar (LS) is HOBY’s flagship program. Its unique curriculum cultivates leadership skills that prepare high school sophomores for a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. Selected students attend a three- or four-day seminar to explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community. 


Registration opens in September, and State Leadership

Seminars take place between April and June of each year.

Get Involved!

  • Spread the word about HOBY programs to your local high schools

  • Sponsor students to attend a HOBY program

  • Plan and produce a Community Leadership Workshop with local HOBY Alumni

  • Help schools select and register sophomore students for the State Leadership Seminars

  • Select and sponsor a deserving high school Junior or Senior for the Advanced Leadership Academy

  • Connect sponsored students with your club by inviting them to speak at your meeting

  • Volunteer at the events

  • Provide gifts-in-kind

  • Volunteer with HOBY as a speaker or at a seminar

  • Think of a unique way your club or organization can help!