Ambassador Toolkit

Congratulations on being selected as a HOBY Ambassador!

The pre-seminar confirmation form and details for the 2021 Nebraska HOBY Leadership Seminar have  been published below.  Parents and ambassadors must complete the confirmation materials together by Friday, May 21, 2021.  Please note, this will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, and includes critical information like emergency contact information, medical information, etc.

  • NEW: Complete the mandatory pre-seminar confirmation forms here.
  • UPDATED 5/27/21:  Download and review the FINAL seminar prep materials (technology details, schedule, FAQ, etc.) here.
  • NEW:  Download the 2021 Activation Kit to learn how to stay involved after the HOBY Leadership Seminar here.

Please email any questions regarding the forms or materials to seminar@hobynebraska.org.

LEADERSHIP SEMINAR RULES & EXPECTATIONS

So that this seminar may be conducted as smoothly and efficiently as possible, we ask that you observe the following rules. Any participant who does not abide by these rules and regulations will be dismissed from further participation. Your parents will be notified immediately of any violation of the Rules and Regulations, and they will be instructed to have you removed from the facility. Your school will also be notified of your dismissal from the program. *Click here to download a printable version of this document.

  1. YOU MUST MAKE A COMMITMENT TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE SEMINAR, INCLUDING OVERNIGHT. If you have a scheduling problem, we strongly suggest offering the weekend to your school’s alternate.
  2. You are expected to be on time for all seminar functions and attend all scheduled activities, including meals.
  3. You must wear your HOBY nametag at all seminar functions.
  4. No outside guests are allowed in or around the seminar facility except for closing ceremonies.
  5. You must stay within your assigned group during sessions. If you must leave a session, gain permission from your group facilitator and wait for an adult staff member to escort you. No ambassador is to leave the facility except for scheduled seminar events.
  6. Room visitation by members of the opposite sex is not permitted.
  7. No smoking, no drinking of alcoholic beverages and no unauthorized drug use is permitted.
  8. No weapons, including but not limited to guns, knives (including pocket knives), pepper spray, mace, and similar items.
  9. Any ambassador who has a medical problem that requires special care, treatment or medication must inform his or her group facilitator.
  10. In case of emergency, contact your group facilitator or come directly to the Operations Room. There are chaperones and facilitators available 24 hours a day and they can be contacted at any time.
  11. Lock your room door at all times, whether you are in it or not. Notify the security staff on-duty immediately if you need assistance.
  12. Use the “Buddy System” when moving throughout the facility without your facilitator.
  13. Payment for any extra charges billed to a room (i.e., lost keys, lost towels, movies, room service, etc.) will be the responsibility of all ambassadors assigned to that room.
  14. Ambassadors are not allowed to make room changes. You must be in your assigned room at the announced curfew and must remain in such until the start of activities the next morning.
  15. You must observe the morning wake up call, which will be one hour prior to the first scheduled activity each day.
  16. Respect the rights of other facility guests and enter only those rooms and floors in which seminar-related activities are being held. Keep noise to a minimum.
  17. Refrain from entering the Operations Room, except in case of an emergency.
  18. Personal electronic/communication devices (iPods, MP3 players, Cell phones, handheld video games, etc.) are not allowed to be used during scheduled seminar functions. HOBY strongly discourages participants from bringing these devices to the seminar, if you do bring these items to the seminar; they are your sole responsibility.
  19. The following attire is not permitted at any time: strapless/tube tops, tops with spaghetti straps, tank tops, bare midriffs, exposure of undergarments, short shorts, miniskirts, excessively tight clothing, clothing with profane or offensive language or graphics, torn clothing, and clothing with holes.
  20. Conduct yourself with the highest level of decorum, morals, ethics, and conduct appropriate for a chosen representative of your school.

FAQs

The seminar will take place on the Concordia University campus at 800 N Columbia Ave, Seward, NE 68434. An interactive Concordia University map is available at: http://www.cune.edu/about/maps/. Please eat lunch before you arrive, as the first meal served will be dinner.
The Seminar will begin on Friday, June 3, 2022 with registration from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Please eat lunch before you arrive, as the first meal served will be dinner. The seminar will begin with Ambassador Orientation on Friday at 12:00 pm and conclude with Closing Ceremonies on Sunday at 12:30 pm. You must be present for the entire seminar, including overnight.
Ambassadors should check in outside of David Hall at Concordia University (800 N Columbia Ave, Seward, NE 68434). A HOBY volunteer committee member will greet you, direct you to parking and check you in.
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.
Participants will be assigned to air-conditioned dorm rooms with two participants per room on floors reserved exclusively for the seminar. The rooms contain twin beds with protective linen provided. Please ensure you bring your own twin sheets, pillow, blanket, towel and toiletries to the seminar. Everyone will receive nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Please eat lunch before you arrive, as the first meal served will be dinner. On the Medical History Records Form, please indicate any special dietary considerations, including vegetarianism, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Please provide information about your medication on the Medical History Records Form and bring the Physician Medication Verification Form with you to the seminar (documents are included in this packet). Make sure to read and comply with the Policy for Use of Medication During a HOBY Event.
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 Katherine Cole, Leadership Seminar Chair at (402) 750-9311 or Bo Gebbie, Corporate Board President at (402) 968-5005. The seminar will be chaperoned by qualified adults who will be staying at the facility 24 hours a day.
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.
  • Friday & Saturday:  You will receive your HOBY t-shirt upon arrival and will wear it both days.  (The Junior Volunteers will wash them on Friday evening and deliver them to your door on Saturday morning so it’s nice and clean).  Jeans, shorts, capris and khakis are appropriate to wear with the t-shirt.
  • Saturday service project:  You will want to bring an older pair of jeans/shorts that can be worn on Saturday during the service project.  Comfortable closed-toe shoes are a must, as we will be walking frequently on campus.
  • Saturday church / meditation:  There will be options for Catholic and Protestant services on Saturday evening, or a meditation/silent time on campus.  Please bring “business casual attire,” for Saturday evening.
  • Saturday dance:  The theme will be Neon.  Think Neon colors, or anything bright.  Feel free to bring fun, but appropriate, attire!
  • Sunday: “Sunday Best” but not “Formal Dress.”  Think dress shirt / dress pants / tie / blazer’ dress; skirt; pantsuit.
There will be options for Catholic and Protestant services on Saturday evening, or a meditation/silent time on campus.
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 on June 3, please notify seminar@hobynebraska.org.
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 seminar@hobynebraska.org.
Additional questions or concerns should be directed to seminar@hobynebraska.org.
With your parent or guardian, carefully review, complete and electronically sign the mandatory pre-seminar confirmation forms by May 15, 2022.
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