Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership changed my life. Begun in 1958 with just a handful of students, this program boasts over 10,000 attendees each year from around the globe. I would invite you to visit the website and learn more about what this nonprofit does across the world. For now, here’s my story…
In 2006, I was selected to attend a high school leadership seminar, from which I was further selected to attend the World Leadership Congress. These programs gave me my first true taste of leadership and taught me something I’ll never forget: that leadership starts and ends with service.
As soon as I returned home, I began searching for that great “something” I was supposed to be working on. Many of my peers had theirs: hunger, global poverty, inner-city education. I quickly learned that I didn’t have just one “something”. With the help of several mentors and the faith of my community, I started planning Community Leadership Workshops for younger students.
As life progressed and I started a family, finished college, and began working, I wondered if I would have time to continue my work with HOBY. I remained passionate about spreading knowledge and training up other leaders. In 2013, my life dramatically changed again; the end of my marriage rocked me to the core.
Over the summer of 2014, I traveled to four different statewide HOBY seminars and joined the Project Coach team at HOBY’s Advanced Leadership Academy. Through this unimaginably difficult time, I found comfort in doing the work that I was passionate about. In the friendships I had built through HOBY I found a network of people who inspire and empower me. As I work with these bright young leaders, I cannot possibly have anything but a positive outlook on life. These young people– and these fellow volunteers– have inspired me and continue to change my life.
If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. No matter where you live, there’s a HOBY somewhere close by. If you want to know more or are ready to pitch in, please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you might have. HOBY is an OUTSTANDING opportunity to impact the lives of young leaders and produce positive change!