HOBY conference aims to improve leadership in youth

Posted: Friday, 26 May 2017

TROY - More than 300 rising high school juniors are on Troy University's Troy Campus for the Alabama Leadership Seminar's Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference May 26-28.

The event marks the 13th time in the conference's 32-year history in Alabama that it will be held at the University.

Modeled after HOBY's World Leadership Congress, and part of the HOBY program, the seminar provides an opportunity to build on leadership skills already possessed by the student ambassadors. Students are nominated by their respective high schools and are chosen to attend based on emerging leadership ability, the ability to work well with others, a desire for new pursuits and a willingness to learn and share.

Students will hear from a wide variety of speakers on volunteerism, public and civic service and current events. They will also develop skits, write papers and meet with business and government leaders during the weekend.

One boy and one girl representing the state of Alabama will be chosen from the seminar to attend the HOBY World Leadership Congress in Chicago in late July.

Nationwide, HOBY has had more than 375,000 student ambassadors since its founding in 1958 by actor Hugh O'Brian, most famous for his ABC Television role of Wyatt Earp.