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Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership

HOBY alumni are leaders in their schools and communities, throughout the United States and the world.

What is HOBY?

Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY provides students, for whom most are selected by their schools, the opportunity to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning, and motivation-building experiences, beginning a lifelong dedication to improving the lives of others. Due to the selfless efforts of volunteers and the contributions of generous donors, more than 10,000 students participate in HOBY programs annually.

State Leadership Seminar

HOBY State Leadership Seminars are for sophomore students who want to develop their leadership talents and become stronger leaders in their communities. Through engaging and interactive speakers, workshops, fun activities, and discussions, HOBY’s dynamic 3-4 day leadership training explores leadership from three perspectives: personal, group, and societal.

The State Leadership Seminar is only for sophomores, so don’t miss out! Students should visit their sophomore counselors if they are interested in participating.

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World Leadership Congress

HOBY's World Leadership Congress brings together over 400 students from across the United States and around the world for a life-changing week through critical thinking, constructive discussion, and a focus on what it truly means to impact the world. Students leave with a belief that we are all global citizens and an innate belief that their actions can change their communities.

Saturday, July 21st to Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Loyola University - Chicago, IL

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2018 Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards Gala

The Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards Gala consists of a cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, entertainment, award ceremony, alumni reception, and post-gala reception with dessert, drinks, and dancing.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 ♦ 7:00 PM ♦ New York Athletic Club

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2018 Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards Gala
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It’s Been Nearly 60 Years In The making…

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International Attendees

International Attendees

The World Leadership Congress connects students from around the globe for a week of inspiration and action.

For eight days, our youth participants engage in leadership and team building exercises, participate in hands-on community service projects and learn from and speak with world class leaders in business, philanthropy, politics, entertainment, the media and more; all in a cross-cultural setting.

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Are you a HOBY Alumni, Volunteer or Friend? We want to see you in Chicago! July 25 – 29, 2018 Chicago, IL, USA Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus (Downtown Chicago)

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the World Leadership Congress (and it’s predecessor, the International Leadership Seminar) and the 60th Anniversary of Hugh’s remarkable trip to Africa and the founding of what would be his life’s work, HOBY.

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Volunteering at HOBY

Become a Part of Something Bigger and Change Lives!

HOBY programs are coordinated by over 4,000 volunteers, committed to making a difference for the youth of their state. Local HOBY Affiliates recruit new volunteers regularly to serve on their volunteer planning committees and corporate boards. There are many ways to participate and make a difference in your local community and on a global scale by working directly with students during HOBY programs.

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    Hugh O’Brian:
Visionary, Legendary Humanitarian
Hugh O'Brian

Though actor Hugh O'Brian has appeared in a hundreds of television shows and movies through the decades, there is one role with which he is immediately identified: that of frontier lawman Wyatt Earp. O'Brian played the lead role in the "Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," a top-rated series aired on ABC television from 1955-61, catapulting him to stardom.

The Early Years

But becoming a star was not always his ambition. He almost became a lawyer.

Born April 19, 1925 in Rochester, New York (as Hugh J. Krampe), O'Brian attended school at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and Kemper Military School in Booneville, Missouri. In high school, his sports activities were divided among football, basketball, wrestling and track, with O'Brian winning letters in all four sports. After a semester at the University of Cincinnati with studies charted toward a law career, O' Brian, at 17, enlisted in the Marine Corps. He became the youngest drill instructor in the Corps' history, and during his four year service won a coveted Fleet appointment to The Naval Academy. After passing the entrance exams, he declined the appointment, intending to enroll at Yale to study law.

After serving four years, and receiving his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, O' Brian went to Los Angeles where he planned to earn money for his Yale tuition. There he met Hollywood movie stars Ruth Roman and Linda Christian, who introduced him to a little theater group. When a leading man became ill, O' Brian substituted. Originally, he felt the acting experience might be helpful in his legal career; however, he got such good reviews in Somerset Maugham's play "Home and Beauty" that he decided to enroll at UCLA and continue his theater appearances as an avocation while continuing his quest for a college education. About a year later, Ida Lupino saw one of his performances and signed him to play his first starring role in the film "Young Lovers" which Lupino directed. This brought him a contract with Universal Studios. During his first year under contract, he enrolled at Los Angeles City College and managed to amass 17 college credits in addition to making five pictures at Universal.

O' Brian left Universal after three years to guest star in numerous television shows and in such films as "Broken Lance" and "No Business Like Show Business." His "big break" came when he was chosen to portray the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp on television. Shortly after the series debuted in 1955 as the "first adult western," it became the top-rated show on television, and O' Brian became a much-discussed talent. During its seven-year run, "Wyatt Earp" always placed in the top 10 television shows in the nation. In 1972-73, he starred in the action series, "Search."

Broadway and More

O'Brian starred on Broadway in "Destry Rides Again," "First Love," and in the Broadway revival of "Guys and Dolls." He also starred in the national company of "Cactus Flower," "The Odd Couple," "The Tender Trap," "A Thousand Clowns," and "Plaza Suite." He has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows including the Today Show, the Larry King and Jim Bohanan Shows, Charlie Rose's Nightwatch and The Pat Sajak Show. Recent credits include "The Shootist," "Killer Force," "Game of Death," "Twins," and numerous appearances on "Fantasy Island," "Love Boat," the T.V. series "Paradise," "Gunsmoke II," "Murder, She Wrote," "L.A. Law," and a Kenny Rogers Gambler IV movie, "The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns," and “Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone” – a made-for-TV feature movie.


In 1972, O'Brian was awarded one of the nation's highest honors, the Freedom Through Knowledge Award, sponsored by the National Space Club in association with NASA. In 1973, he was honored by the American Academy of Achievement. In 1974, he was awarded the George Washington Honor Medal, highest award of the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, as well as the Globe and Anchor Award from the Marine Corps. In 1976, the Veterans of Foreign Wars honored him with an award. He is the recipient of the AMVETS Silver Helmet Award, and in 1983, the National Society of Fund Raising Executives honored him with their premier award for overall philanthropic excellence as a volunteer, fundraiser and philanthropist. This is the only time one individual has received the award in all three categories. Notre Dame honored him with the first "Pat O' Brian Memorial Award" in 1984. That same year, The Family Counseling Service honored O' Brian with its first National Family of Man Award.

In 1989, he received the 60th Annual American Education Award presented by the American Association of School Administrators. This award is the oldest and most prestigious award that the education profession bestows. O'Brian joins Norman Rockwell, Lyndon Johnson, Helen Keller, Walt Disney, and Bob Hope as a recipient of this most significant award. On June 2, 1990, the Los Angeles Business Council awarded O'Brian its 6th Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding achievement, working within the framework of the American Free Enterprise System. In 1992, O' Brian was inducted into the Great Western Performers Hall of Fame, and in 1993, O' Brian was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Franklin Mint. In 1994, O'Brian was awarded the Freedoms Foundation's Private Enterprise Exemplar medal, in 1995 the American Celtic Globe Humanitarian Award from the Ireland Chamber of Commerce, in 1995 the Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA, Int.) Vision Award, and in 1997 the KNX Newsradio Man of the Year Award and the Central City Association of Los Angeles' Treasures of Los Angeles Award.

O'Brian has been awarded honorary degrees by several prestigious institutions of higher learning. He has received honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from Saint Mary of the Plains College in Kansas, Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont, as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Saint John' s University in New York. In the summer of 1987, O' Brian was presented with an honorary Doctor of Public Services degree from the University of Denver. Each university honored O' Brian for the outstanding work he has undertaken on behalf of youth throughout America and the world.

In 2002, O’Brian received the coveted Humanitarian Award from Lions Clubs International, presented to him during ceremonies in Osaka, Japan. The award, which recognized his devotion to youth programs, carried a $200,000 prize, which O’Brian donated to his organization.

The National Social Studies Association presented O’Brian its Spirit of America award in 2003 recognizing his career and his influence on leadership and history among students.

O'Brian lives in a hilltop home overlooking Beverly Hills. Diverse as ever, his sports activities include sailing, scuba diving, swimming, tennis and long-distance bicycling.

To contact Hugh O’Brian, e-mail hoby@hoby.org or call 310-474-4370 or
310-888-8844, fax 310-888-8845.