We are excited to announce that there will be two North Carolina HOBY seminars in 2011. 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 list below.
If you are a current high school Sophomore and are interested in attending HOBY 2011, 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 History
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. However, in 2003, the seminars were reunited again under a single HOBY-NC banner and are now managed and staffed primarily by the Raleigh Jaycees. This year, Jaycees and HOBY alumni from all over North Carolina have united to relaunch a second HOBY-NC seminar.
The Raleigh Jaycees
The Raleigh Jaycees are proud to continue managing and supporting the HOBY NC program. For more than 75 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 www.raleighjaycees.org or call (919) 713-0031.