For many years Optimist International and the Maryland South Delaware District have supported the HOBY Foundation and its youth leadership conference. HOBY stands for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation, which was founded by actor Hugh O’Brian. He was inspired by his meetings with Dr. Albert Schweitzer in 1958 to make a meaningful contribution to the world.
The Timonium Optimists sponsor one or two sophomore students from local public or private high schools who will attend the Maryland conference each spring. Students are selected by their own schools. The limit for HOBY is one sophomore per school.
Hugh O’Brian Youth Maryland Leadership Seminar 2013
May 26–28, 2013
Mount Saint Mary’s University
The Focus of HOBY
The Foundation is dedicated to the development of young leaders. Annually, over 23,000 students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 30+ countries participate in the program. The HOBY program began in Maryland in 1977.
The HOBY mission is to seek out, recognize and develop leadership potential beginning with high school sophomores. The foundation encourages and prepares the next generation of civic and corporate leadership for America’s future. HOBY implements its purpose by:
- providing interactive opportunities for critical thinking
- promoting democracy and America’s incentive system
- by encouraging social responsibility among individuals and participating corporations
There is no cost to the students, parents or high schools involved in HOBY’s leadership programs. The Maryland HOBY organization is 100% staffed by volunteers, and all money donated goes to the program for developing leadership in our young people.