What is HOBY?

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With over 50 years of service, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) empowers youth to become positive catalysts for change — in the home, in the school, in the workplace and in the community. As the nation’s foremost youth leadership development organization and with more than 345,000 alumni, HOBY is respected worldwide.


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


To motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society, through understanding and action, based on effective and compassionate leadership.


Volunteerism is the heart and soul of our organization. We appreciate the myriad contributions of our volunteers, and recognize the power of thank you and of giving back. We seek to promote and encourage service among our stakeholders. We recognize and value the positive accomplishments that volunteers can achieve by working together. We believe that our programs positively impact volunteers as much as the youth and communities we serve.

Integrity forms the foundation of our organization. We demand the highest level of ethics. We grow our organization based on interactions that promote mutual trust and respect with our stakeholders and partners. We strive to ensure the highest level of organizational effectiveness by continually reviewing our programs and processes to improve quality and efficiency.

We strive to continually raise our programs and business to new levels of excellence. We encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in business, education, and social responsibility. We develop creative solutions to address challenges and to utilize opportunities. We believe that leadership skills can and should be continually improved and refined.

We value and embrace diversity. We seek out views that reflect all walks of life, and reflect those views in our programs. We are sensitive to the special needs and diverse backgrounds of individuals. We give all individuals an equal opportunity to be heard and to benefit from our programs.

We value community partnerships. We recognize the importance of working with community organizations to strengthen our supportive network. We value the input we receive from our community partners, and strive to work together cooperatively and constructively for the betterment of all.

What World Leaders Say about HOBY

In this world success comes to those who those with confidence and faith in themselves.  Hugh O’Brian’s Youth organization is the GREATEST in developing that confidence in 10+ graders selected annually to represent over 13, 500 public and private high schools at one of HOBY’s leadership seminars.  What an outstanding model for our future.” Muhammed Ali 

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