Frequently Asked Questions for PARENTS
Q: WHAT IS HOBY?
- Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) was founded in 1958 by Hugh O’Brian, after a visit to Africa with humanitarian Albert Schweitzer.
- We are a non-profit with affiliates in all 50 states and about 15 countries. All affiliates are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Q: WHAT DOES HOBY DO?
- Leadership Seminars: Each September, HOBY invites over 22,000 public, private, and charter high schools to select their most outstanding sophomore to attend one of 70 US Leadership Seminars.
- The following spring, HOBY holds 70 leadership seminars – at least one in every state. Outstanding young leaders from approximately 8,000 high schools attend, based on demonstrating leadership in their schools and communities, regardless of race, ethnicity or socio-economic background.
- HOBY South Carolina is in its 30th year of hosting annual Leadership Seminars for high school sophomores.
- Leadership for Service: In addition to engaging in a service learning experience at the Seminar (using hands-on service as a vehicle for education), HOBY alumni are challenged to complete (and log on the HOBY website) at least 100 hours of service to their schools and communities in the year following their Seminar.
Q: WHO BENEFITS FROM HOBY?
- The community: HOBY alumni return to their own communities and apply all the skills and ideas they learned at the seminar. Community organizations, such as senior centers, schools, churches, hospitals and more, count on HOBY “ambassadors” to continue the tradition of service that other HOBY alumni began.
- The students: HOBY “ambassadors” learn how to become community leaders and realize their full potential. Additionally, studies show that students participating in civic service decrease their chances of dropping out of school and prevent at-risk behavior.
- The volunteers: HOBY Hawaii is an entirely volunteer run organization. Our volunteers recruit students, fundraise, organize programs, manage events, engage in PR activities, and more. They are constantly developing new professional skills and exercising existing ones. And of course, interacting with our “ambassadors” provides a fantastic opportunity to learn and be motivated by today’s youth.
Q: Why do students need HOBY?
- Leadership skills, such as goal-setting, problem-solving and sound decision-making, are not just necessary for leaders – these skills are needed for success in today’s world (MacNeil 2000).
- Helping young people develop leadership competencies makes them better able to solve community problems and enhances their civic participation (O’Brien & Kohlmeier, 2003).
- Young leaders also demonstrate higher career aspirations and increased self-esteem (Bloomberg, Ganey, Alba, Quintero, & Alcantara, 2003).
- Service-learning programs are not components of most high school curriculums, despite being proven to increase student awareness of community needs and their belief that they can make a difference.
- High school students participating in service-oriented programs have higher test scores and are less likely to drop out of school or engage in at risk behavior (National Commission on Service Learning)
Q: WHAT IS THE SC HOBY LEADERSHIP SEMINAR?
- A three-day Leadership Development Seminar that is held on the campus of Furman University in Greenville SC.
- Held this year May 25-27, 2018, the Seminar incorporates topics of leadership & motivation, entrepreneurship, community service, research and technology and environmental responsibility
- Combines interactive opportunities with community leaders, service learning, and activities to develop critical thinking, team building, goal-setting, problem-solving and sound decision-making skills.
- Volunteer adult facilitators lead groups of 8-10 students throughout the entire seminar weekend
- Ambassadors who participate are invited back to participate as Team Alumni staff members to assist Facilitators and Operations as need to ensure a successful seminar. Each time they volunteer, they see leadership development in action from a totally different dimension.
- Speakers, panelists, and activity leaders volunteer their time and resources to participate
- Leadership Service Projects are completed at every seminar.
- A College & Career Fair is held annually, during the PRESEMINAR ACTIVITIES. During this time, students are allowed to move freely amongst the colleges and get a head-start on interviewing, talking/interacting with Admission personnel, as well as visit many Career booths to learn more about career requirements, career planning, etc.
Q: HOW MANY STUDENDS CAN ATTEND A SC HOBY SEMINAR FROM ONE HIGH SCHOOL?
- Every high school in the state of South Carolina (public and private) is invited to select and send up to five (5) outstanding sophomore “ambassadors.”
- Each school should also be selecting an (1) alternate in case one of the primary students is not able to attend.
Q: WHAT IS THE COST FOR HOBY TO HOST EACH REGISTERED STUDENT?
- The Seminar cost per student is $350. This includes meals, lodging, facilities, and training materials for the entire weekend.
- Typically, the local high school would sponsor a student, called the Primary Ambassador, and they would pay $195 to attend. SC HOBY Volunteers then commit to raise the remaining funds to provide a $155 Partial Scholarship for the Primary Ambassador, to make up the balance due.
- The 2nd, 3rd, and/or 4th sophomore registered is called the Additional Ambassadors and the cost is $350 each. Parents, local civic organizations, corporations, private citizens, etc. would contribute these funds. SC HOBY has a special EXTENDED PAYMENT OPTION FOR PAYMENT PLANS (Same as cash and no interest). This allows parents a way to manage the cash flow. Register early to allow time to make PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS.
Q: WHAT OTHER MONEY WOULD AN AMBASSADOR NEED WHILE AT SC HOBY?
- The only thing the student is responsible for is transportation to and from the seminar,
- Any additional spending cash, (i.e. HOBY STORE, photos and souvenirs).
- Items needed if they are participating in the Saturday Night Talent Show.
- Items needed for the Friday night Social – TBD.
- Any requested items needed for the Leadership 4 Service projects.
Q: WHERE IS THE SC HOBY SEMINAR HELD ANNUALLY?
- Currently, the seminar is hosted by Furman University in Greenville, SC.
- The seminar is May 25-27, 2018.
Q: DOES SC HOBY USE SOCIAL MEDIA?
A: YES! We are in the process of completing some development of each location, but in general, you can find us at:
- www.linkedin.com/hobysc – In Development
- www.hobysc.org – In Development.