WORLD LEADERSHIP CONGRESS

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 on HOBY’s Pathway to Leadership, the WLC is a weeklong program designed to empower high school students juniors and seniors to become more mature, confident cognizant leaders and active global citizens.

More than 450 students from throughout the United States and around the world, including students from 14 countries participate in WLC each year, including Argentina, Albania, Mexico, Turkey, China, Spain, Bolivia, Taiwan, Korea, and the United Kingdom participate in WLC each year. Students leave the WLC feeling empowered and equipped with the leadership skills they need to reach achieve their goals and make meaningful contributions to society.

If you’re a high school student with a passion for leadership, community service or global issues, the World Leadership Congress is the program for you!

 


At the 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
  • Participate in community service projects and field trips
  • Build their confidence through hands-on leadership development and experiential learning
  • Have the opportunity to earn two college credits (optional)
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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.

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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 2020 will take place July 26* to August 1, 2020,
on the campus of Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

*International students will arrive on Saturday, July 25th

ENROLL IN THE WLC FAQ THE POST-WLC TOUR OF CHICAGO BROCHURE

 

INFORMATIONAL WEBINARS

Would you like more information on the 2020 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. Sign up for one of the following webinars (each at 8 p.m. Eastern Time) by emailing brennc@hoby.org to reserve your spot and receive the webinar link. Dates are:

  1. February 12, 2020
  2. March 11, 2020
  3. April 8, 2020

Please include the date you prefer and one alternate date along with any questions you may have so we can either answer them directly prior to the webinar or include them as part of the program.

Attend an Informational Webinar:

SIGN UP TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT

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.

COMPREHENSIVE FAQ
  • WHEN AND WHERE?

    HOBY’s 2020 World Leadership Congress (WLC) will take place at Loyola University Chicago’s Lakeshore Campus overlooking Lake Michigan.

    For students from the United States, the dates are Sunday, July 26 through Saturday, August 1, 2020.

    For international students, arrival date is Saturday, July 25 through departure day, Saturday, August 1, 2020.

  • HOW MUCH?

    The program registration fee for the 2020 World Leadership Congress is is $1,795 for Domestic Students and $1,950 for International Students., all-inclusive of on-site experiences including ground transportation, accommodation and meals, field trips, and program expenses. A $100 nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of registration to hold your space until the payment deadlines. An enrollment will not be considered active until the deposit is received. You can view deadlines and optional registration items through the link below.

    Ambassadors and their families are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from WLC. HOBY will provide ground transportation between the airport and Loyola University.

    Please note: If you are part of an organized international delegation, check with your country coordinator for more details on the full program price and deposit requirements from your coordinating organization.

    For more FAQs about program expenses, click below.

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  • COLLEGE CREDITS

    HOBY is proud to partner with nationally ranked George Mason University (GMU) to offer two transferable college credits for participants in the World Leadership Congress.

    At the conclusion of WLC, students will receive their post-WLC assignments, they will need to submit a final paper and assignments from their workbook. These assignments will be evaluated, and two pass/fail credits as part of GMU’s Special Topics in Leadership course will be awarded for successfully completing and submitting all WLC program requirements.

    Please note: This is an optional element for ambassadors and requires an additional tuition cost of $200. This fee is established by George Mason University and will be forwarded directly to the university by HOBY, with proof of student’s successful completion of the program.

  • DOMESTIC STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

    Are you are currently a high school sophomore or junior with an interest in leadership, global citizenship, and community service? If you have already attended a HOBY State Leadership Seminar, you are already eligible. If you’re not a HOBY alumni, but have leadership or community service experience through another organization, you’re also eligible to attend the World Leadership Congress.

    The dates of the program for domestic students is Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 1 and the enrollment fee is $1,795.

  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

    International students between the ages of 15 and 17 with conversational proficiency in English and an interest in leadership, global citizenship, and community service are welcome at HOBY’s World Leadership Congress.

    The dates of the program for international students is Sunday, July 25 – Saturday, August 1 and the enrollment fee is $1,950.

  • ENROLLMENT

    The dates of the program for domestic students is Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 1 and the enrollment fee is $1,795.

    The dates of the program for international students is Saturday, July 25 – Saturday, August 1 and the enrollment fee is $1,950.

    A $100 nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of registration to hold your space until the payment deadlines specified below. An enrollment will not be considered active until the deposit is received.

    The program registration fee for the World Leadership Congress is all-inclusive and covers all of your on-site expenses including ground transportation, accommodation and meals, program expenses, etc. Ambassadors and their families are responsible for their own travel cost to and from Chicago, and for any individual spending money for the on-site HOBY Store, luggage fees, and any other incidental expenses.

  • ENROLLMENT DEADLINES
    Enrollment / Cancellation Deadlines Deadline
    Enrollment Deadline for 2019 HOBY Ambassadors March 1, 2020
    Cancellations made by this date will receive a registration fee refund minus the $100 deposit and a $250 administrative fee. May 31, 2020
    Enrollment Deadline for International Students June 19, 2020
    Enrollment Deadline for 2020 HOBY Ambassadors July 1, 2020
    Cancellations made by this date will receive a registration fee refund minus the $100 deposit and a $500 administrative fee. June 30, 2020
    All Payments Due July 1, 2020
    Optional Items Cost
    WLC Photo Package $25
    International Student Late Departure (Sunday, August 2, 2020) $150
    Two transferable college credits (issued by George Mason University) $200
    Cancellations made by this date will receive a registration fee refund minus the $100 deposit and a $500 administrative fee. June 28, 2020
    Post-WLC Tour of Chicago $525
  • WHAT IS THE POST-WLC TOUR OF CHICAGO?

    Download the information brochure below:

    DOWNLOAD THE POST-WLC TOUR OF CHICAGO BROCHURE
  • FUND-RAISING

    Students are encouraged to actively raise funds to cover their registration expenses. To download our Student Fund-raising Guide, click below.

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  • STUDENT SAFETY

    Student safety is a primary concern in all of our programs. HOBY has rigid risk-management policies and procedures in place to keep all students and volunteers safe.

    Our safety procedures include:

    • Students are never allowed to leave campus unsupervised at any time.
    • Students must use the buddy system at all times.
    • Every student is assigned to a group of 10 to 12 other students with an adult facilitator. Students move from place to place with their group.
    • Students are supervised from breakfast to bed checks.
    • Students and volunteers are given HOBY T-shirts for the week, making it easy to identify our group members anywhere we go.
    • All HOBY staff and volunteers submit to a nationwide criminal background check.
    • All HOBY staff and volunteers are required to sign a code of conduct.
    • HOBY has a team of medical professionals on-site throughout the WLC
    • HOBY works with Campus Safety at Loyola University to ensure emergency plans are in place. Our volunteers are trained in emergency protocols.
      • The World Leadership Congress takes place at Loyola University Chicago on its Lakeshore Campus, located in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the far north side of Chicago. Rogers Park is bordered by Evanston, Illinois, and Lake Michigan.

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