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Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)

Updated on April 15, 2015

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership

Many people will not know who Hugh O'Brian is, so this is the purpose of the picture to the left. It is my intent to emphasize not the actor, but the actor's discovery of the wonderful organization he found and built in the last 50 years. It is my sincere intent to inform people about this great organization for young people in the hopes some will discover the possibility of HOBY's potential in their lives.

The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program was founded by Hugh O'Brian in 1958. That year, the actor most famous for his role as Hollywood's Wyatt Earp had the unique opportunity to spend nine inspirational days with the great humanitarian, Dr. Albert Schweitzer at Schweitzer's clinic in Africa. There, Dr. Schweitzer impressed upon him that "the most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves." This thought inspired Mr. O'Brian to create the first Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar, which he founded two weeks after his return to Los Angeles. Throughout the years, the organization has grown and developed. And today, there are over 70 HOBY seminars held each year throughout the United States. For more information about the National Hoby organization, visit Hoby


Update Hoby News - May 2012

Organization Still Going Strong

Gregory G. Stanson, Central Pennsyvlania HOBY volunteer and former member of our Board of Trustees, died Friday, May 18, in Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon. He was 70 years old.

During Greg's stellar career at Lebanon Valley College as Vice-President of Student Services, Greg began his 20-year volunteer service at Central Pennsylvania Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. Greg served our organization as a member of the Board of Trustees and also served as Board President.

During his tenure with Central PA HOBY, Greg created and maintained a scholarship program for any ambassador who went through Central PA, Eastern PA, or Western PA HOBY. Starting with LVC's 4-year scholarship, Greg eventually tallied nearly 30 Pennsylvania colleges and universities that sponsored a scholarship for any PA HOBY alumnus. In addition, Greg coordinated a college fair and financial aid seminar for HOBY parents during the Central PA HOBY annual Leadership Seminar. Greg was an amazing volunteer, mentor, and friend to all of us at Central PA HOBY and we will miss him.

see more at Hoby news

The effectiveness of give-and-take workshops

UPDATE: 9/2010


* 100% of HOBY alumni have gone on to graduate High School.

* 98% reported that as a result of HOBY, they know what steps to take to be a better leader.

* 98% reported that because of HOBY, the had better understanding of the importance of volunteering and 96% stated that because of HOBY, they were more likely to serve in a volunteer organization.

* 98% said that HOBY encouraged them to think independently.

* 98% believed they could make a difference in their communities and many of the participants set goals related to community volunteerism at the conclusion of the seminar.

* 93% of all alumni are more willing to make decisions and be responsible for the effects of those decisions;

* 98.9% began to think about their new career possibilities;

* 71% have received awards for school or community services

* 70% are interested in careers in business and industry, law, health and sciences.


HOBY for excellence


As a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with a small paid staff, HOBY programs are carried out by a dedicated group of over 4,000 volunteers across the country who are passionate about HOBY's mission. HOBY has established an exceptional brand within high schools, colleges and especially among youth leaders.

HOBY Seminar

The HOBY NC 2009 Seminar will take place from 9:00am Friday, June 12 to 3:00pm Sunday, June 14, 2009 at North Carolina State University.


HOBY Seminar Chair

Ed Blackman


Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)

Be an Official Sponsor of Youth Leaders! A TEAM HOBY sponsorship offers a unique opportunity to promote YOUR ORGANIZATION to young leaders. Through the Team HOBY program the YOUR ORGANIZATION will be aligned with the leading international youth leadership programs. Through targeted print, banner and online advertising, Team HOBY will provide you with positive worldwide exposure, and show your students and stakeholders that you are an Official Sponsor of Youth Leaders.

Hugh Inspired


Do You Have What It Takes?

HOBY has programs in more than 20 countries and 50 states of EEUU. Each year a seminar is organized for participants from more than 8 million schools from many countries. Each seminar develops many topics through 6 or 7 panelists from universities and organizations.

It is necessary to point out that the students must be 16 or 17 years old from public or private schools. There is also a selection process. The requirements are: curiosity, outgoing nature, sense of patriotism, has to have a command of the English language in order to communicate and to come out with open ideas, and they must have a sponsor.

Annual Global Youth Leadership Seminar

HOBY's annual global youth leadership seminar, the World Leadership Congress (WLC), brings together approximately 400 high school students from around the world for a week-long, intensive educational program. This year's program will be July 25 - 31, 2009.

Volunteers Needed

ATTENTION YOUNG ADULTS - Find out if HOBY is for you. Volunteer!

HOBY Headquarters - Los Angeles, CA

Volunteers needed: Contact HOBY Headquarters, we would love to talk to you. We are in need of everyday help in a plethora of office roles. e-mail

Now You Know the Story

Positive Outcomes of Participating in a HOBY Program:

1. Improved critical thinking skills

2. Enhanced leadership skills

3. Developing goal-setting skills

4. Realizing the importance of leadership


To inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this great organization with us.

      I wasn't aware of it at all.

      By the way, I am a great admirer of Dr. Schweitzer .

      I am also an admirer of Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. William Larimer Mellon of whom I made some lenses.


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      Webcodes LM 

      9 years ago

      Sounds like a winner. I never heard of Hugh O' Brien til now. 5*.

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      9 years ago

      Kudos for Hugh O'Brian! Sounds like a wonderful organization. Did not know about this!

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      9 years ago

      I remember Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp, I did not know about this organization. It sounds just wonderful and gives me a new found respect for the actor. Thank you for sharing this with us.


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