Why HOBY? 

The HOBY New York West Seminar will be held June 2-4, 2017, at the University of Rochester.

Endorsed by such respected educational organizations as the American Association of School Administrators, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Parents Teachers Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, National School Boards Association and America’s Promise, HOBY has been an acclaimed youth leadership program since its inception in 1958. Its unique youth leadership development programs are designed to prepare youth to become effective, ethical leaders in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities.

Don’t let your students miss out on this valuable program that has educated and motivated more than 400,000 high school students! HOBY is confident that you know at least one 10th grader with demonstrated or potential leadership skills. Show your students that you care and that you will invest in their futures. To register a sophomore for the New York West Seminar, please click here.

Please note: All schools that have participated with HOBY in the last 10 years will receive registration materials via the U.S. Postal Service. If you didn’t receive this information, including your registration log-in identification and password, please contact us.

The Benefits of HOBY

Some of the positive outcomes of participating in HOBY include:

  • Improved critical thinking skills. By presenting multiple viewpoints on important issues, HOBY encourages participants to evaluate all issues from a critical perspective. Effective leaders make informed decisions.
  • Enhanced leadership skills. HOBY’s phase-based curriculum, question-and-answer sessions with community leaders, small group discussions, interactive activities, and hands-on service-learning experiences and opportunities to engage in leadership roles enable participants to better understand leadership and begin to identify their own particular leadership strengths.
  • Developing goal-setting skills. All aspects of the HOBY Leadership Seminar are geared to encourage participants to see leadership as a life-goal worth pursuing. At the conclusion of the HOBY Leadership Seminar, participants are encouraged to identify personal goals and commit to achieving one or more within the 6 months that follow.
  • Realizing the importance of leadership. Through HOBY’s Leadership for Service (L4S) Challenge, participants are encouraged to complete 100 hours of volunteer service in our communities and to create service opportunities for others.

Don’t believe us? Read some of our alumni and parent testimonials.

How Much Does HOBY Cost?

The fee for students to attend HOBY is a minimal investment for what they get in return. The registration fee includes three-day lodging, all meals, educational training materials and more. The only thing not included is transportation to and from the seminar and personal spending money for optional photos and souvenirs.

The cost to send one student to HOBY New York West is only $195. The cost to send additional students is $350 per student, which is the true cost to our seminar. We fundraise year round to keep these costs as affordable as possible.

You may pay the registration fee online (see “Student Registration” below) with a credit card or purchase order, or mail a check. You may also print an invoice, a copy of the registration, or a credit card receipt during the online process. Please note that your representative is not officially accepted into the program until the registration fee is received.

If your school is unable to pay the fee, please consider a booster or activity club, the PTA, or other creative options in the community for sponsorship. Parents of the selected student can elect to pay the fee. As a final option after the above suggestions are explored, we do offer scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis. To view, the scholarship application guidelines, please click here (PDF).

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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