From 1958 to 1967, HOBY leadership programs took place annually in Los Angeles. The programs were initially offered only to male high school sophomores from California. In 1968 the scope of the HOBY program grew to include national and international participants, which led to the expanded eight-day global leadership seminar called the World Leadership Congress (WLC) held annually. In 1972, female sophomores were also invited to attend HOBY programs.
In an effort to include more students nationwide, three- and four-day HOBY Leadership Seminars were instituted in 1977, with Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island being the first to conduct HOBY Leadership Seminars. By 1982, Leadership Seminars were being conducted annually in all 50 United States in which high schools throughout the country nominated a sophomore to attend a HOBY seminar in their state. In 1991, HOBY added one-day introductory leadership trainings called Community Leadership Workshops (CLeWs) for high school freshmen. CLeWs are initiated and organized by HOBY’s own alumni and/or members of the community, and are sponsored by local service clubs or companies that believe in HOBY’s mission. HOBY’s influence has even extended worldwide with programs developed in such countries as Canada, Mexico, Israel, China, Taiwan, Korea, Bolivia, and Argentina.
Over four decades later, HOBY is still inspiring young people all over the world to develop their leadership and critical-thinking skills to achieve their highest potential. Currently, more than 9,000 students, representing as many high schools nationwide, attend HOBY programs each year. These programs are run by over 4,000 volunteers with community leaders, business executives, educators, and parents involved in every seminar. Volunteers donate their time, talents, and labor by planning, coordinating, facilitating, and serving as mentors to tomorrow’s young leaders.
Each program strives to follow the HOBY motto of teaching students, “how to think, not what to think,” thus ensuring that Dr. Schweitzer’s hope for young people lives on.
…from Dr. Albert Schweitzer… to Hugh O’Brian… to You… to the World…