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 13-14, 2020


Were should I go when I arrive on Friday?

Registration runs between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM on Friday June 5, 2020 at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. Enter the facility and proceed to Earle Dormitory where the HOBY volunteer committee member will greet you and check you in. Click here to view a map of the campus. Additional information can be found in the Seminar Registration package, which will be emailed to you no later than May 2020. ​


Where can I be picked up on Sunday? 


You can be picked on Sunday June 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm at Earle Hall. However, your family and friends are invited and encouraged to attend the Closing Ceremonies at 11am on Sunday June 7, 2020 on the Adelphi University campus. 


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 are the accommodations like?

You will be assigned to a dorm room with one or two other student ambassadors. Communal bathrooms and showers are available on each floor and wing of the dormitory. Sheets will be provided by Adelphi University, but no pillows, blankets, or towels are provided. You are encouraged to bring these items with you to the seminar. Also, since there is no central air conditioning in the dormitory, please feel free to bring a fan for your comfort.  



Will meals will be served?

Yes. Everyone will receive nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. However, breakfast will NOT be served on Friday morning so please plan accordingly and bring a snack and/or eat breakfast before arriving at HOBY that day. Additionally, Lunch will NOT be served on Sunday as the seminar will conclude at 12:30pm. Your first meal at HOBY will be lunch on Friday. On the Medical History Records Form, please indicate any special dietary considerations, including vegetarianism, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Also, please feel free to bring additional beverages or snacks you may want to consume between meals or at night when returning to the dormitory. 


What if I need to take medication while I am at the seminar? 

If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the entire seminar, including overnight stay, please notify your principal or guidance counselor immediately. This will give them the opportunity to identify and invite another student from your high school to attend the seminar. ​


If necessary, how may I be contacted during the seminar?

Parents, friends, and family members are discouraged from calling students during the seminar due to the disruption caused to panels and activities. In case of emergency, your parent(s) or guardian may call Daniele Baierlein, Leadership Seminar Chair, at 202-246-6362. The seminar will be chaperoned by qualified adults who will be staying at the facility 24 hours a day. 


Who pays for the seminar? 

Your school or parent has paid a Registration Fee and will provide transportation to and from the seminar. All costs for meals, lodging and training materials have been generously provided by sponsors throughout our state, including businesses, foundations, individuals, and service organizations wishing to support leadership education. 


What is the dress code?

Dress is casual throughout the weekend. Sunday is “dress-up”, but it is not required. Please wear sneakers or comfortable footwear as there will be a lot of walking and flip flops are not allowed. At registration, you will be given a HOBY t-shirt which you will be required to wear on both Friday and Saturday. Since you will be wearing the same t-shirt on back-to-back days, you may want to pack an undershirt or tank top to wear underneath the HOBY t-shirt.


What about religious services? 

Due to a variety of reasons, we are unable to provide religious services opportunities. 

What transportation arrangements have been made?  

You are responsible for your transportation to and from the seminar. Please include all details of your itinerary on the enclosed Participant Confirmation Form. If you have last minute transportation problems up to Thursday June 4th, 2020, please notify Kellie Palladino at 



What should I pack and bring to the seminar?

All seminar supplies and meals will be provided, so you only need to pack items for overnight stay. This may include, but is not limited to, casual appropriate attire (e.g., jeans, shorts, etc.), sunglasses, sunblock, pillows, blankets, towels, toiletries, hair dryer, mobile phone, camera, and any medication you require. Since there is no central air conditioning in the dormitory, please feel free to bring a fan for your comfort. Also, please feel free to bring additional beverages or snacks to consume in between meals or at night when returning to the dormitory. While you will not need money at the seminar, you may want to bring some change or small bills to use for the vending machines. Click here to download a copy of the Suggested Packing List.


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 at 


Who may I contact should I have additional questions?  

Additional questions or concerns should be directed to Marissa Olson at 


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Last Updated March 17, 2019

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