WORLD LEADERSHIP CONGRESS

HOBY’s 2021 World Leadership Congress is scheduled for July 25 – 31, 2021.
This year students will have the option to participate either online via HOBY Connect or in-person at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Since 1968, the HOBY World Leadership Congress (WLC) has empowered students around the world to broaden their perspective and begin to see themselves as part of something larger—the global community we all share. As the global aspect of HOBY’s Pathway to Leadership, the WLC is a weeklong program designed to empower rising junior and senior high school students to become more confident and mature leaders and active global citizens.

Hundreds of students from every state and up to 15 countries participate in the annual World Leadership Congress. Rising high school juniors and seniors from around the United States gather with students from Argentina, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iraq, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey, Uganda to develop their leadership skills and tackle some of the most challenging issues in the world today as identified in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. When students complete the WLC, they are equipped with the skills and tools they need to identify and achieve their goals. If you’re a high school student with a passion of leadership, global issues and community service, the World Leadership Congress is for you.

Attending the World Leadership Congress is a life-changing experience. Both virtual and the in-person WLC Ambassadors will:

  • Interact with global leaders through keynote speeches, presentations, and mentor meetings
  • Explore and exercise their leadership skills through interactive workshops and activities
  • Experience international diversity through mixed-culture student groups, global snapshots and international presentations
  • Build life-long relationships with other students and establish a global network of young people ready to make a positive impact on the world
  • Build their confidence through hands-on leadership development and experiential learning
  • Have the opportunity to earn college credit
  • Please be sure to read our FAQ to learn more about participating in this year’s World Leadership Congress
ENROLL IN THE WLC FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

HAVE QUESTIONS?

If you’ve still got questions regarding World Leadership Congress or any of HOBY’s programs, our Chief International Programs Officer, Cheryl Brenn, would be happy to hear from you. In addition, we encourage you to review the WLC's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) as well.

CONTACT Cheryl

WORLD LEADERSHIP CONGRESS HIGHLIGHTS

For more than 50 years, the HOBY World Leadership Congress has been inspiring and empowering young people to become the next generation of global leaders.

Who Attends - Each year, more than 450 high school students (typically rising high school juniors and seniors) from nearly every state and up to 20 countries expand their leadership skills and global perspectives at the World Leadership Congress. The majority of participants have completed a HOBY State Leadership Seminar; however students who have participated in other leadership or service organizations are also eligible to attend the WLC.

What People Are Saying -
“My son loved it. He came away with ideas about what he would like to do, and ways to get it done. I am so pleased that he has had an opportunity to participate in HOBY. HOBY is a really great organization that fulfills a terrific need. Particularly now when the Internet has empowered so many to start effective and sustainable grass-roots movements, the HOBY program is positioned to help kids make their ideas effective. I am so pleased with the impact HOBY has had on my son.”

-Parent of a HOBY alumnus from California, USA

What to Expect - Students who attend HOBY’s World Leadership Congress (WLC):

  • Begin to discover their leadership skills and how to use them
  • Understand leadership and citizenship from a global perspective
  • Interact with leaders from across the U.S. and around the world
  • Experience multicultural diversity
  • Receive two college credits from George Mason University (optional)
  • Participate in community service projects
  • Collaborate with other students on team challenges
  • Build a global network of students, volunteers, and leaders
  • Discover how they can make a positive impact on the world

What's Next:
HOBY Youth Leadership programs serve to focus youth energies on positive activities, leading to increased self-esteem, leadership abilities, and the development of new skills. Young people need opportunities to learn about and discover their leadership skills in meaningful ways.

HOBY offers opportunities to a wide array of individuals on its Pathway to Leadership, including high school students, college students, and professional alumni (post-graduation) from all over the world. At HOBY, you become part of something bigger.


WORLD LEADERSHIP CONGRESS HIGHLIGHTS

For more than 50 years, the HOBY World Leadership Congress has been inspiring and empowering young people to become the next generation of global leaders.

Who Attends:
Each year, more than 450 high school students (typically rising high school juniors and seniors) from nearly every state and up to 20 countries expand their leadership skills and global perspectives at the World Leadership Congress. The majority of participants have completed a HOBY State Leadership Seminar; however students who have participated in other leadership or service organizations are also eligible to attend the WLC.

What People Are Saying:
My son loved it. He came away with ideas about what he would like to do, and ways to get it done. I am so pleased that he has had an opportunity to participate in HOBY. HOBY is a really great organization that fulfills a terrific need. Particularly now when the Internet has empowered so many to start effective and sustainable grass-roots movements, the HOBY program is positioned to help kids make their ideas effective. I am so pleased with the impact HOBY has had on my son.

-Parent of a HOBY alumnus from California

What To Expect - Students who attend HOBY’s World Leadership Congress (WLC):
Begin to discover their leadership skills and how to use them
Expand leadership skills from a global perspective
Interact with leaders from across the U.S. and around the world
Experience multicultural diversity
Receive two college credits from George Mason University (optional)
Participate in community service projects
Collaborate with other students on team challenges
Build a global network of students, volunteers, and leaders
Discover how they can make a positive impact on the world

What's Next:
HOBY Youth Leadership programs serve to focus youth energies on positive activities, leading to increased self-esteem, leadership abilities, and the development of new skills. Young people need opportunities to learn about and discover their leadership skills in meaningful ways.

HOBY offers opportunities to a wide array of individuals on its Pathway to Leadership, including high school students, college students, and professional alumni (post-graduation) from all over the world. At HOBY, you become part of something bigger.

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WLC ENROLLMENT

WLC 2021 will take place July 25 – July 31, 2021. The 2021 World Leadership Congress is available to students as a virtual event through HOBY Connect or in-person at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Our virtual WLC has an unlimited participation capacity, however on-site participation will be limited this year as we are working with capacity constraints. Please read the FAQ’s to learn more about the program and the established safety requirements for in-person participation. Enrollment is open.

For more information on The World Leadership Congress Click Here.

ENROLL IN THE WLC FAQ

 

INFORMATIONAL WEBINARS

Would you like more information on the 2021 World Leadership Congress? Or do you have questions you would like to ask? Join us for one of our WLC Webinars and learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Join us for any of the following informational webinars:

  1. Wednesday, May 26th
  2. Wednesday, June 2nd
  3. Wednesday, June 9th
  4. Wednesday, June 16th
  5. Wednesday, June 23rd
  6. Wednesday, June 30th

All sessions are scheduled for 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT / 6 pm MT / 5 pm PT
SIGN UP HERE

WORLD LEADERSHIP CONGRESS:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Below is an overview of the most frequently asked questions about HOBY’s WLC. For the full list of FAQs, please click below.


WHAT ARE THE TWO (2) PROGRAM FORMATS FOR THE 2021 WLC:

All participants of the WLC, regardless of format will hear from the same dynamic Keynote Speakers, participate in interactive workshops, and have the chance to interact with the entire WLC community.

The Virtual WLC
Virtual participants will participate via our secure online learning management system, HOBY Connect, which will enable them to participate in all parts of the WLC experience, from their own devices in the comfort of their homes. Some programmatic elements will be held live via Zoom; others will be available on-demand. The schedule for the Virtual WLC participants is still being developed, but you can expect to be online for scheduled portion about 4-5 hours a day with the option to extend that time as your schedule permits.

Participants will need to have access to a device and a reliable internet connection each day and will connect with other students through their assigned groups and clusters, as well as interacting during the program and optional online events.

The On-Site WLC at Southern Methodist University
In-person participants can expect to have a structured experience as each day is scheduled, including meal-times. All program elements in the on-site schedule are mandatory. Students will be assigned a group and cluster and will have the opportunity to interact with other students, both those participating in-person and virtually.

Every on-site participant is required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving in Dallas. (The CDC defines fully vaccinated as two weeks post the second shot in a two-shot protocol.)


WHAT IS THE PROGRAM TUITION?

Tuition for the World Leadership Congress is $650.00 for Virtual Participants and $1,795.00 for On-Site Participants.

Tuition for WLC includes access to HOBY Connect, our secure online learning platform, all program materials and content, plus HOBY swag. On-Site Tuition includes ground travel from your travel gateway, accommodations & all food & beverage while on-site.


IS THERE ANY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR THE WLC?

HOBY does have limited need-based financial assistance available in the means of fee-waivers for the registration fee. To access the Financial Assistance Application here.

You can also download HOBY’s Student Fundraising Guide here.


IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO CAN ATTEND THE WLC?

Currently, we are working with a capacity limit of 200 people for the In-Person WLC.
There is no limit to the number of students we can accommodate at the Virtual WLC!



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