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Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) was founded by actor Hugh O'Brian in 1958 after Dr. Albert Schweitzer impressed upon him that "the most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves.'

Our mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. Our programs are conducted annually worldwide and serve high school students by providing them with unique leadership training, service-learning, and motivation-building exercises.


More than fifty years later, HOBY Leadership Seminars around the world continue to motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference in our global society through understanding and action-based, commpasionate leadership.

Today, over 375,000 passionate alumni make HOBY stronger than ever. HOBY alumni are leaders in their school and communities, making a difference for others through service. The HOBY NY Metro chapter has over 5,000 alumni and is proud to further the HOBY mission and uphold our core values of volunteerism, integrity, excellence, diversity, and community partnership.

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