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

“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 man ynew friends from all areas of Nebraska.  This seminar has truly been life-changing!”

– Kaelyse Clapper, 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.”

– Katherine Cole, 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.

– Kylie Goodrich, HOBY alumnus