Leaders Built Here
Teaching students how to think, not what to think, since 1958.
At HOBY, we believe all students have the potential to lead. Our seminars bring students together across different backgrounds, cultures, and communities. We help students discover a newfound sense of awareness, confidence, connection, and purpose.
Our seminars are proven to cultivate personal growth and inspire action. Students leave HOBY with the knowledge and passion needed to make a positive impact on the world around them. Being a part of the HOBY community unlocks a world of opportunities and connections beyond our seminars.
Leadership Journeys Start Here
Delivering Impact in Communities Worldwide
HOBY Alumni making a difference in their communities around the world
Service hours logged by Alumni since 1998
Students around the world attend HOBY seminars each year
Leadership seminars held each year across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom
High schools represented at HOBY each year
Volunteers plan, produce, and grow seminars
At HOBY, we believe all students have the potential to lead.
State Leadership Seminars
Our flagship program welcomes school and community nominated students to 3–4-day seminars each spring and summer. These student ambassadors participate in facilitated dialogue and abilities-based workshops to develop awareness of their leadership strengths and an understanding of their leadership values. Through these dynamic activities with their peers, students hone their skills and learn to recognize, amplify, and collaborate with the diverse strengths of others. One weekend at a HOBY seminar unlocks a student’s leadership potential and helps them gain the confidence to make a positive impact on the world around them.
World Leadership Congress
Each summer, the WLC hosts student ambassadors representing all 50 United States and 15+ countries in a major U.S. city. This week-long, immersive leadership experience challenges students to think critically, communicate effectively, and act with integrity. The WLC leaves students with a robust global network and the tools to change the world around them.
Community Leadership Workshop
Community Leadership Workshops are run by volunteers across the U.S. for 9th grade students as an introduction to leadership education. These one-day workshops jumpstart students’ leadership journeys and connect them to peers in their communities.