Local students learn leadership skills at Hugh O'Brian camp PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 July 2013 07:24
For over 50 years HOBY has been known as the country's top youth leadership development organization.
Founded in 1958 by veteran actor Hugh O'Brian, HOBY's mission is to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential. O'Brian set out to help young people make a difference and become positive catalysts for change - in the home, school, workplace, and community.
The area HOBY conference was held June 6-9 at Ohio Northern University in Ada.
Local high school sophomores who participated include Susan Johnson, Bowling Green High School; Jenna Selhorst and Mouriche Oakley, both of Eastwood High School; Heather Ickes, Elmwood High School; Kalyn Swihart and Zachary Greenlese, both of Lake High School; Allison Beaupry, North Baltimore High School; Charly Saar, Northwood High School; Sarah Schaller and Emily Cottle, Perrysburg High School, and Maggie Leahy, Rossford High School.
During the leadership seminar, many leaders - all volunteers from the fields of business, education, government, and other professions - addressed aspects of the changing world and the challenges future leaders will confront.
The program does not promote any specific political party, business, religion, or way of thinking; but it is designed to develop thinking skills by actively involving seminar participants in discussions and informal debate.
Some of the positive outcomes of participating in a HOBY program include:
• Improved critical thinking skills. By presenting multiple viewpoints on issues, HOBY encourages participants to evaluate all issues from a critical perspective. Effective leaders make informed decisions.
• Enhanced leadership skills. HOBY's phase-based curriculum, question-and-answer sessions with community leaders, small group discussions, interactive activities, hands-on service-learning experiences, and opportunities to engage in leadership roles enable participants to better understand leadership and begin to identify their own particular leadership strengths.
• Developing goal-setting skills. All aspects of the HOBY seminar are geared to encourage participants to see leadership as a life-goal. At the conclusion, participants are encouraged to identify personal goals and commit to achieving one or more within six months.
• Realizing the importance of leadership. Through the Leadership for Service program, participants are challenged to complete 100 hours of volunteer service and to create service opportunities for others.

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