Frequently Asked Questions 

HOBY is a unique, exciting, life-enhancing opportunity for our student ambassadors. Since HOBY is unlike any other leadership or high school program, we anticipate students, parents, and schools will have several questions. Please review the answers to the most frequently asked questions below. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us

Where and when will the seminar be held?

The HOBY NY Metro Leadership Seminar will be virtual. The Seminar will take place on June 5-6, 2021



What kind of program is planned?  

During your HOBY Leadership Seminar, many dynamic leaders— all volunteers from the fields of business, education, government, and other professions—will address aspects of our changing world and the challenges future leaders will confront. The program will not promote any specific political party, religion, or way of thinking; but is designed to develop critical thinking skills by actively involving participants in discussions and informal debate. During the seminar, you will be asked to undertake a community service project(s) involving at least 100 hours during the year following your seminar, to make a difference in your school, community, place of worship, or other environment where you see a need. The program also includes outstanding speakers, leadership activities, social events, and a special closing ceremony to which your parents are invited.  


What if I am unable to attend the seminar?

If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the entire seminar, including overnight, we would like to give another student the opportunity to attend. Please return these forms to the person at your school who selected you, and follow up with an email to Marissa Olson ( and Rachel Fisher (, Directors of Recruitment and Ambassador Relations


Who may I contact should I have additional questions?  

Additional questions or concerns should be directed to Marissa Olson ( and Rachel Fisher (, Directors of Recruitment and Ambassador Relations


Will I need to download any software or documents for the seminar?

No, we will be utilizing Zoom for the entirety of the program which you may already be using for school. We will also be utilizing HOBY Connect which requires logging into on your browser. 


What should I wear at the seminar?  

Wear your HOBY NY Metro t-shirt or a comfortable t-shirt representing your school or community.