HOBY's mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.
Our organizational values are volunteerism, integrity, excellence, diversity and community partnership.
Our flagship program, the HOBY Washington Leadership Seminar, invites every high school in Washington State to select sophomore students to attend our 4 day annual program.
The 2018 Seminar is scheduled for June 21st - 24th, at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.
Utilizing the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, developed at UCLA, the Seminar inspires youth to develop critical thinking, team-building, and goal-setting skills by exploring their self-knowledge and facilitating positive social change in their community. Our phase-based curriculum includes question-and-answer sessions with community leaders, small group discussions, interactive activities, hands-on service-learning experiences, and opportunities to engage in leadership roles which enable the student to better understand leadership and begin to identify their own leadership strengths.
During the course of the 4-day program the students are exposed to multiple viewpoints on important issues. We encourage the students to evaluate all issues from a critical perspective. HOBY believes effective leaders make informed decisions.The Seminar will consist of opening and closing ceremonies, keynote speakers, panel sessions, interactive skill-building activities, and hands-on community service projects. Activities are organized in a progressive curriculum focusing on three levels of leadership: personal, group and society. HOBY's Leadership for Service module is the fourth component of the program curriculum. Leadership for Service is a service learning opportunity teaching the students to identify a social issue or community need and use their leadership potential to help solve problems through service.
STUDENTS: Students who attend the HOBY Seminar are high school sophomores, identified by their school counselor or principal, as those with outstanding leadership potential.