Quotes and Testimonials

WHAT WORLD LEADERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HOBY

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States

“Education plays an essential role in helping students develop into future leaders.  The skills and ideas young people acquire will help them make wise decisions in the coming years.  Through these seminars, held annually in each of our United States, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) provides excellent opportunities for students to better understand the workings of democracy and the free enterprise system.”

Colin L. Powell, Former United States Secretary of State

“The mission of America’s Promise is to equip the next generation of Americans with the character and competence they need to be successful adults.  Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is one of our staunch allies in this crusade…  HOBY is encouraging each of the thousands of high school sophomores who attend these leadership seminars to volunteer at least a hundred hours a year to a community service project.  The HOBY commitment to America’s Promise will produce at least 1,400,000 volunteer service hours a year.”

Muhammad Ali, Olympic Gold Medalist and Heavyweight Boxing Champion

“In this world, success comes to those with confidence and faith in themselves.  Hugh O’Brian’s youth organization is the GREATEST in developing that confidence in outstanding 10th graders selected annually to represent over 13,500 public and private high schools at one of HOBY’s leadership seminars.  What an outstanding role model for our future!”

NEBRASKA HOBY ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS

Kaelyse Clapper, HOBY alumnus

“I came here a 16-year old from Minden who was shy and quiet.  I leave here a 16-year old from Minden who is confident, and I leave with many new friends from all areas of Nebraska.  This seminar has truly been life-changing!”

Katherine Cole, HOBY alumnus

No other place on earth will you find such enthusiastic, genuine, and kind young leaders motivated to make the world a better place.”

Kylie Goodrich, HOBY alumnus

HOBY to me is like another family.   I never expected to grow so close to people in just a matter of a few days.

What HOBY Ambassadors Have Learned About Leadership

WHAT DOES GROUP LEADERSHIP MEAN TO YOU?

Being able to incorporate everyone’s ideas toward a common goal.

Piper Connelly

Working for the good of the group’s goal.

Deanna Ringler

Being being able to lead your group to a successful outcome.

Tayler Troutman

Group leadership means that everyone is listening to each other and helping your group to overcome what you need to overcome.

Ceci Henning

Group leadership to me is having a group of people working together in harmony.

Kody Tejral

Group leadership means working toward a common goal that everyone is committed to and listening to everyone’s ideas.

Liz Sattler

Being able to lead your peers to achieving a common goal, incorporating others.

Elsie Maxwell

INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP

A beam of light = the main idea

Glass prism = group of people

When the light pierces the prism, it reflects in different ways and different colors

The main idea/beam of light is turned into a rainbow with a wide variety of different ways to see that main idea; this creates a rainbow of ideas form a once plain beam/idea.

Aderyn Lawse

SELF AWARENESS

A good leader is one who recognizes their faults and learns from others.

Khadijath Diaby

HELPING OTHERS

Our goal is to help our peers develop their leadership abilities.

Katie Nichols (Gr 6)

DEFINING LEADERSHIP

I think society redefined the meaning of leadership, but we are here at HOBY stating the true definition.

Khadijath Diaby

WHO IS A LEADER?

Anyone can be a leader no matter what.

Piper Connelly

EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP

A genuine leader or role model does not command others and utilize his or her “position” for victory, but rather directs them in order to achieve a similar goal.

Andrew Moyer

A good leader is someone that can make others calm and laugh by making them know they are in an open-minded space.

Cyrvan Eyeghe-Ndong

WHO CAN BE A LEADER?

You can be a great leader whether you are an introvert or an extrovert.

Chyenne Tidyman

People seem to think that only extroverts can be leaders; that you have to have a loud voice and be confident in group settings.  But that is not the case, and I feel like society can overlook that.

Abi Combs

LEADERSHIP & LISTENING

A leader takes the time to listen to others, understand their beliefs, and cooperate with others so that they can effectively lead!

Megan Moore

LEADERSHIP & EMPATHY

You never know how someone’s day is going, so make sure to do everything you can for those around you to help make it better.

Piper Connelly

Empathy cannot be ignored and has its own significance and place in leadership.

Andrew Moyer

LEADERSHIP & COLLABORATION

It is important for a leader to collaborate and use others’ motivations and ideas to help others work well together.

Srila Prathivadhi

WHAT IS YOUR PEOPLE PHILISOPHY?

My people philosophy is to get people motivated to complete a task for a greater good and feel comfortable to express themselves and be themselves.

Liz Sattler

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT LEADERSHIP?

I definitely learned to let go of the controls and understand other point of views.

Gradie Cunningham

LEADERSHIP & RECOGNITION

It is important to attribute great ideas to their creator so we can all feel included, heard, and recognized.

Piper Connelly

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