We are excited to announce that there will be two North
Carolina HOBY seminars in 2013. HOBY-NC
East will be held in Raleigh, and the new
HOBY-NC West will be in Winston-Salem.
To determine which seminar students from your county will attend, consult
the HOBY-NC counties list or the map
If you are a current high school Sophomore and
are interested in attending HOBY 2013, please
contact your guidance counselor.
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 www.hoby.org .
North Carolina's HOBY
North Carolina's first HOBY Leadership Seminar was held in
1979 by the Charlotte Jaycees at Belmont College. Fifty
high school sophomores attended. By 1987, the HOBY-NC
seminar had grown to over 200 Ambassadors. From 1988
through 2002, the Raleigh Jaycees ran a HOBY
Seminar for Ambassadors from the Eastern half of the state
and the Charlotte Jaycees ran the seminar for Ambassadors
from the Western half of the state. From 2003 to 2009, the
seminars were reunited again under a single HOBY-NC banner
managed and staffed primarily by the Raleigh Jaycees. In
2010, Jaycees and HOBY alumni from all over North Carolina
came together to launch HOBY-NC West in Winston-Salem. The
Winston-Salem Jaycees have run NC West since 2011, while
the Raleigh Jaycees continue to run their seminar, now NC
East, in Raleigh.
The Raleigh Jaycees are proud to continue
managing and supporting the HOBY NC program.
For more than 80 years, the Raleigh Jaycees
have served the Triangle area, providing
service to the local community and leadership
development opportunities to its members. The
Raleigh Jaycees is a civic organization
comprised of men and women between the ages of
21 and 40 which runs more than 100 community
service and leadership development projects
each year. One of the mottos of the Jaycees
organization is "Leadership Development through
Community Service" --a view shared with the
HOBY program. For more information, visit
call (919) 713-0031.