HOBY alumni are those OUTSTANDING people who have participated in at least one HOBY program: the Community Leadership Workshop (CLeW), the Leadership Seminar, the World Leadership Congress (WLC), the Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA) or an International Tour. Since our start, VA HOBY has reached over 8,500 sophomores from throughout the Commonwealth. Whether you attended a HOBY leadership program last spring or thirty years ago, you are part of the family of fellow HOBY alumni!
Top 5 Signs You Are Part of HOBY Alumni
1. You always spell OUTSTANDING correctly.
2. You could wear a HOBY t-shirt every day for two weeks without doing laundry.
3. No matter where you go, you find other HOBY alumni and bond immediately.
4. Service is a way of life for you.
5. You are a leader!
The HOBY Virginia Alumni Association shall seek to:
• Serve as the voice of HOBY Virginia Alumni
• Unite and promote alumni relations and connections
• Promote the mission of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership and spread its mission to alumni and potential alumni
• Coordinate reunion events and service projects for alumni and other
• Promote leadership development opportunities for alumni
• Strengthen and extend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Alumni Association of Virginia.
Alumni Association Board
Ambassador Year: 2011
I will never forget the overwhelming excitement and enthusiasm of the volunteers during my sophomore seminar. I remember thinking to myself, ‘Wow, this program must be pretty great for all of these people to be this excited.’ HOBY helped me explore who I am as a leader and instilled in me a passion for volunteerism. After that weekend, I decided that I wanted to get involved with HOBY in any way that I could. Being on the Alumni Association is such an honor because I get to give back to the organization that has given me so much. HOBY has made a significant impact on my life and because of that I have made it my goal to help impact the lives of others in the same OUTSTANDING way.
Collegiate Vice President
Ambassador Year: 2012
I started with HOBY in 2012 and have gone back to volunteer as staff every year since. I was a very involved student in high school, but was not sure how to utilize my leaderships skills. HOBY gave me the skills and methods to exploit my leadership skills in my community. Being an effective leader is one of those traits that will follow you throughout your life. It is not one of those skills that slips away after high school. My role on the Alumni Association is to have these young adults continue their HOBY knowledge into their collegiate lives. The program will enhance leadership skills along with cheerful service, while reflecting on the ideals that Hugh O’Brian established.
High School Vice President
Ambassador Year: 2017
Ambassador Year: 2015
After attending HOBY Virginia and HOBY WLC, I knew that I had to stay involved with HOBY. I returned to HOBY Virginia as a Junior Staff member in 2016, and sharing the magic of HOBY with the new ambassadors was almost better than experiencing it for the first time. I hope to continue spreading the HOBY message and sharing the HOBY energy with as many people as possible. I’m so excited to be serving as the Alumni Association’s High School Vice President this year and can’t wait to see where the year takes HOBY Virginia!
Ambassador Year: 2013
HOBY Story: “The sophomore boy I was in high school had no idea HOBY was going to have such a huge impact in my life. Here I am, a few years later, as the Alumni Association Treasurer of one of the most important seminars in my life. Helping sophomores break their shells open and improving their leadership skills with a weekend full of fascinating activities are just two of the things I look forward to doing every single year. My network, since HOBY, has expanded tremendously. I’ve met people at UVA who attended HOBY in 2013 with me, and we just instantly became close friends because of that. I’ve also met HOBY alumni from Florida and various other states. It’s definitely something that brings people together, for more than just a weekend. HOBY is a lifestyle.”
Public Relations Lead
Ambassador Year: 2014
HOBY Story: “My experience as an ambassador was amazing; my team was awesome, and I loved my facilitator. HOBY has encouraged me to volunteer more and to have a positive attitude, no matter the difficulty of the situation. I have created life-long friendships because of HOBY, and I’m looking forward to more outstanding seminars and events in the future!”
Ambassador Year: 2014
I first attended HOBY as an ambassador in 2014. Those three short days changed my outlook on service, gave me life long friends, and inspire me to make a difference in my community. Since then I have been heavily involved with HOBY- attending WLC, ALA, and returning as a member of Junior Staff and Team Alumni. I am the reunion coordinator for the HOBY Alumni association. The experiences and memories I have from HOBY will be something I’ll always treasure!
Ambassador Year: 2011
The HOBY VA Leadership Seminar has molded my leadership skills since my ambassador year in 2011. Every year since, I have gone back to volunteer in a variety of rolls. What amazes me the most is that I learn something new every year. Sometimes it’s not necessarily new material, but it’s presented in a new way. Therefore, I take a look at it from another point of view. That speaks volumes to the quality of material that is presented at the Virginia Seminar year in and year out. It is an honor for me to serve as the Alumni Association President this year. My goal is to bring unity to the vast HOBY VA alumni community.