In 1998, HOBY’s Leadership for Service Program (L4S), a national community service program, was created exclusively for HOBY alumni to:
Through L4S, HOBY alumni are encouraged to continue logging all of their community service and volunteer experiences in the years following their participation in a Community Leadership Workshop (CLeW), a State Leadership Seminar (LS), the World Leadership Congress (WLC), and/or the Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA). The L4S log can be printed and used as an appendix for college applications, scholarship applications, internship applications, and other opportunities where alumni are asked to demonstrate their lifelong commitment to service.
HOBY inspires all our alumni to put their leadership skills into action through community service. Our L4S Challenge is for alumni to complete at least 100 hours of service in their communities in the two years following their HOBY experience. The hours are logged on our secure L4S website or App, and recognition is given to those who meet our challenge.
HOBY alumni in their junior and senior years of high school are eligible for the PVSA and HOBY’s Awards Packet if they complete the L4S Challenge.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award. There are three levels of the President’s Volunteer Service Award given based on the number of qualified hours served and logged in the L4S system:
♦ Bronze: 100-174 hours in one year
♦ Silver: 175 to 249 hours in one year
♦ Gold: 250+ hours in one year
To qualify for this award and HOBY’s Awards Packet, alumni have until July 1st (in the two years following their HOBY program) to perform and log their service hours. For example:
In addition, HOBY will recognize any alumnus who has served and logged at least 4,000 hours over their lifetime with the prestigious President’s Call to Service Award.
HOBY alumni are encouraged to volunteer and participate in community service and service-learning whenever possible. The guidelines below will help determine if your service hours will count toward service accepted by the PVSA and HOBY.
In general, fundraising for, volunteering for, or participation in events, performances, festivals, competitions, activities, etc. will only count as volunteer service if all the following apply:
Community service and service-learning projects done for a class or for a graduation requirement, as long as it meets the other HOBY L4S requirements.
Community service done as a requirement for another organization, as long as it meets the other HOBY L4S requirements.
Training and orientation required by an agency for its volunteers.
Planning and evaluating a community service or service-learning project.
Training and ongoing meetings of a nonprofit board or local government entity in which you are a chosen or elected representative.
Time spent supporting HOBY programs.
Extracurricular, sports, or club activities.
Volunteerism/service that helps or benefits your own family.
Time not performing actual community service.
Court-ordered community service.