Leadership Seminars - Getting Ready For The Seminar

Getting Ready

Once you are registered to attend a HOBY program, get ready for an amazing adventure. You’re going to experience an enthusiastic learning environment like none you’ve ever seen before. You're going to learn a lot, laugh a lot, meet many dynamic and exciting people, and make many new friends along the way.

But how much you get out of your HOBY experience depends entirely on you. We challenge you to be open and willing to step outside the box and embrace the experience that’s being offered to you. Here are some typical student questions and answers to help you prepare for your HOBY experience.

When and where will your local Leadership Seminar be held?

Over 70 HOBY Leadership Seminars take place each year throughout the country from April through June. Visit our seminar calendar for upcoming dates and locations. The Leadership Seminars are 3- or 4-days long and you must be present for the entire seminar, including overnight (lodging is provided).

How about travel arrangements?

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from all HOBY events.

What is the cost to attend and how do I register?

There is a nominal fee to attend our three- or four-day leadership seminar, but the benefits you receive far outweigh the cost to attend. The registration fee includes 3- or 4-day lodging, all meals, educational training materials, and more. Please contact our office or your local HOBY team for more information.  For additional students attending, there may be an additional fee. Each September, all high schools in the U.S. are invited to register sophomores to attend. Ask your school counselor or principal what the selection process is for your school.

What should I expect when I get there?

You should expect:

  • To be exposed to important ideas, including opinions that may differ from your own
  • To interact one-on-one with decision makers in education, government, business and other professions
  • To jump in and discover more about issues impacting you and your community
  • To be challenged to be a person who succeeds in making a difference to improve your community
  • To be challenged to commit to 100 hours of volunteer service in the next year to help make your community stronger, any way you believe you can
  • To make new friends who are also committed to making a positive difference in this world
  • To get less sleep than you’d like
  • And to have more fun than you ever expected!

Also, you should NOT expect to be told what to think or to coast, cruise, or let others do the work. From the moment you attend a HOBY program, you will be treated like a leader and encouraged to think critically about a wide range of issues that impact your life and the world.

What are the accommodations like?

Depending on the location of the Leadership Seminar, participants will be assigned to either hotel or dorm rooms on floors reserved exclusively for HOBY. A few weeks prior to the event, your planning committee will provide instructions on what you need to bring. Participants of all HOBY programs will receive nutritious meals and have an opportunity to inform us of any special dietary considerations prior to the event.

What if I am registered and then unable to attend?

If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending your entire Leadership Seminar you are registered for, we would like to give another student from your school the opportunity to attend. Please immediately go to the high school counselor or principal who registered you and inform him/her of your situation. Please also contact the chairperson for your seminar.

What happens after I am registered?

Once you have been registered for your local Leadership Seminar, you will receive more detailed information about what to bring and what to expect. The planning committee will send this information to you approximately 6 weeks before the event – the information may come via US mail or via e-mail, so be sure to watch for it. Make sure to mark the program dates on your calendar and get ready for a memorable experience!


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