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, HOBY Virginia 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: 2018 (VA & WLC)
My HOBY journey began in 2018, when I was an Ambassador to the Virginia State Seminar. While there, I had an amazing time, expanding my leadership skills and making new friends. After attending this, I knew that I was wanted to be involved in more HOBY. This led me to attending the Word Leadership Congress (WLC) in 2018. There, I met (and still keep in contact with) many HOBY Ambassadors from almost every state and various countries around the world! In 2019, I served at the Virginia State Seminar as a Junior Staff member! Leading cheers and helping with behind-the-scenes items were so much fun! I wouldn’t trade my HOBY experience for the world, and I am so excited to be serving as the Alumni Association President!
Ambassador Year: 2018
My HOBY journey began in June of 2018 at HOBY VA. Prior to HOBY, service and leadership had always been an important part of my life, but when I attended HOBY the importance of both was reinforced. I made so many great friends and had the hardest time saying “see you later” when the seminar was over. I left HOBY desperate to come back with the energy that the staff shared with us as ambassadors. With that being said, in 2019 and 2020 I returned as a Junior Staff member, and in 2020 I joined Team Alumni as a Facilitator. I had the opportunity to meet so many great Ambassadors and staff. We had so much fun leading cheers and sharing our leadership skills with the new Ambassadors. I have served on the Virginia Alumni Association Executive Board since December 2019. No matter where I go, I love to take my HOBY spirit with me! I am so excited to be a part of our OUTSTANDING Executive Board and serve as the Vice President!
Ambassador Year: 2020 (VA & WLC)
My HOBY journey began in 2020, when I was an ambassador to the Virginia State Seminar. Although it was an online seminar, I learned so much about expanding my leadership skills from both my peers and adults. To become more involved in HOBY after this experience, I attended the World Leadership Congress that same summer. Then, I volunteered as a Junior Staff member at the 2021 Virginia State Seminar. Despite the virtual setting, all of my experiences with HOBY have been astonishingly transformative. I’m so excited to be serving as the Alumni Association Executive Board Secretary!
Ambassador Year: 2019
When I was selected to attend HOBY VA as an Ambassador in 2019, I had no idea how impactful it would be on my life. Not only did we discuss how to improve our personal leadership styles, we talked about improving our immediate communities. When I arrived home, I knew I wanted to stay connected with HOBY, and help this organization succeed. Thus, I returned in 2020 as a co-facilitator, to help guide Ambassadors through this memorable experience. I am forever grateful for everything HOBY has awarded me, and am enthusiastic to continue engaging fellow alumni with the Alumni Association!
Ambassador Year: 2017
Hey HOBY! These past few years have been amazing with the awesome connections and life-long friendships I’ve made while working with HOBY. As a 2017 alum, I returned as a member of Junior Staff in 2018 and as an apprentice to the Director of Junior Staff in 2019 as a part of Team Alumni. Each year, the seminar reminds me more and more why I keep coming back to such a powerful group of individuals who value service as much as I do. I love serving as the Collegiate Chair for HOBY, and help create a lasting bond with HOBY Virginia for Ambassadors in college!
Public Relations Lead
Ambassador Year: 2020
HOBY inspired me to take action in my community by volunteering in local community plays and musicals, as well as food drives during the holidays. As college rolls, around I want to finish off the year with strong leadership and contributing to my community. I want to implement being a leader by sharing creativity and being a role model! A quote I live by is “Be a better human.” I’m so excited to be serving as the Public Relations Lead for the Alumni Association Executive Board, and look forward to inspiring future Alumni!
Ambassador Year: 2019
My HOBY journey has impacted my life in so many ways! I have found many outstanding friends, gained a passion for helping others, and grown into my leadership style. In 2020, I was a part of the Junior Staff and in 2021 I was a member of Team Alumni. I am so excited to continue my HOBY journey as the Reunion Coordinator for the Alumni Association, and help new Ambassadors start and continue their own memories!
Ambassador Year: 2012
I started my HOBY journey in 2012, and have continued to volunteer with HOBY since. Developing effective relationships with Alumni is crucial to the long-term success of a HOBY program, and my role is to guide the Alumni Association to coordinate reunions, HOBY alumni clubs, and civic service opportunities while facilitating leadership development.
Apply for the Alumni Association
Are you a high school or college-aged student, interested in joining the Alumni Association? Reach out to Alumni Advisor, Ryan Mahoney, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and ways to get involved with our board!