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Each year, HOBY Arizona hosts an inspirational leadership program for high school sophomores across Arizona!

Who we are? HOBY was founded in 1958 by Hugh O’Brian, after a 9-day inspirational visit to Africa with humanitarian Albert Schweitzer. We are a non-profit with affiliates in all 50 states. All affiliates are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. What we do?
  • Leadership Seminars: Each September, HOBY invites over 22,000 public, private, and charter high schools to select their most outstanding sophomore to attend one of 70 US Leadership Seminars
  • The following spring, HOBY holds 70 leadership seminars in all 50 states. Outstanding young leaders from approximately 8,000 high schools attend, based on demonstrating leadership in their schools and communities, regardless of race, ethnicity or socio-economic background.
  • Leadership for Service: During each Leadership Seminar the HOBY “Ambassadors” collectively complete a community service project. At the completion of each seminar, each student pledges to complete 100 more hours of their own time contributing to their local communities.  
  • CLeW s (Community Education Leadership Workshops) are typically six to ten hours long, with 50-100 freshmen participants. The Workshop consists of panel sessions with distinguished community leaders; an interactive leadership development exercise; and a hands-on community service element such as a donation drive or service project.
  Who benefits from HOBY? The community: HOBY alumni return to their own communities and apply all the skills and ideas they learned at the seminar. Community organizations, such as senior centers, schools, churches, hospitals and more, count on HOBY “ambassadors” to continue the tradition of service that other HOBY alumni began.   The students: HOBY “ambassadors” learn how to become community leaders and realize their full potential. Additionally, studies show that students participating in civic service decrease their chances of dropping out of school and prevent at-risk behavior.   Why do students need HOBY?
  • Every eight seconds a student will drop out of high school in the US.
  • Service-learning programs are not components of High School curriculums, despite being proven to increase student awareness of community needs and their belief that they can make a difference.
  • Nearly half of today’s youth are at risk of damaging their lives through harmful behavior including drug and alcohol abuse.
  • High school students participating in service-oriented programs have higher test scores and are less likely to drop out of school or engage in at risk behavior.
  What is the HOBY Arizona Leadership Seminar?
  • A four day event held on the campus of Arizona State University in Phoenix
  • Seminar leaders are comprised of volunteers from corporate sponsors, civic organizations, and HOBY alumni
  • Held annually each June and includes topics of leadership & motivation, entrepreneurship, community service, research and technology and environmental responsibility
  • Combines hands-on leadership and teambuilding activities, community service projects, and positive social activities
  • Volunteer adult facilitators lead groups of 8-10 students throughout the entire seminar weekend
  • Speakers, panelists, and activity leaders volunteer their time and resources to participate
  Who can attend the HOBY Arizona seminar?
  • Every high school in the State of Arizona (public and private) is invited to select and send one outstanding sophomore “Ambassador.” Each school should also be selecting an alternate in case the primary is not able to attend. Space permitting, alternates will have the opportunity to also attend
  What is the cost for HOBY to host each student?
  • The cost per student is $400. This includes meals, lodging, facilities, and training materials for the entire weekend.
  • Event is funded entirely by sponsorships from corporations, civic organizations, foundations, and private citizens.
  What is the direct cost to the student or their family? The only thing the student is responsible for is transportation to and from the seminar and any additional spending cash, (i.e. for photos and souvenirs).   About Hugh O’Brian Motion picture and television star Hugh O’Brian has mastered his craft across the entire spectrum of show business. But with all his success he has never lost sight of his civic and philanthropic responsibilities. O’Brian has chosen to use his popularity to motivate others for a worthy cause, and to reinvest his good fortune by working tirelessly to develop projects to benefit young people.   He is the founder of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), organized in 1958. HOBY’s vision is to motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society through understanding and action based on effective and compassionate leadership.   Your donation will make a difference! HOBY Arizona Leadership Seminar 2011 June 2nd-5th, Arizona State University, Phoenix 100% of your donation will allow Arizona high school students to attend this amazing event in June! If you are a HOBY Alumni, you know how awesome this seminar is! Won't you please take this opportunity to support this OUTSTANDING organization? Together, we can make a difference. Spread the word! Thank you for your support!  
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