2005 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) in Raleigh June 9
through 12 at NC State University.
Huggins, a rising junior, joined more than 180 students from across the
state, each honored as Ambassadors by their high schools for an
intensive three-day leadership training seminar.
HOBY Seminars are run by volunteers throughout the country. The NC HOBY
Seminar is run by the Raleigh Jaycees.
"The Raleigh Jaycees have been proud to sponsor and run the HOBY NC
Seminar since 1988, and it provides our members an opportunity to give
these young leaders a head start with their goals," said Raleigh Jaycee
President Jeff Zabawa.
"This seminar is one of the most exciting events that we organize in
the year and we find it an honor to serve those whose passion for the
community inspires us to do great things."
HOBY Leadership Seminars bring high school sophomores who have
demonstrated leadership in their schools and communities and provide them a
chance to develop their critical thinking skills, learn about their own
leadership styles and gain a strong appreciation for community service
Through panels featuring distinguished leadership in business,
education and the media, Ambassadors listen and learn about ways to succeed and
make a difference in their communities.
They also participate in hands-on community service projects through
out the Triangle area and interactive leadership development activities.
"Primary, I would like each Ambassador to take back the desire to lead
and volunteer in their schools, churches, communities and families,"
said NC HOBY Executive Director Stacey Shaw.
"I would also like for them to go home with various ideas of helping
others in the way they feel best fits their passion for the world and
their place in it."
"One of the things (Dr. Albert) Schweitzer said to me was that the most
important things in education was to teach young people to think for
themselves," recounts Hugh O'Brian, the founder of the National HOBY
"From that inspiration, and with the support of others who believe in
youth and the American dream, I started HOBY to seek out, recognize and
develop outstanding leadership among our nation's youth."
Every year HOBY leaders are challenged to return to their communities
to perform at least 100 hours of community service over the next 12
Established in 1958 by actor Hugh O'Brian (know for his role as Wyatt
Earp on television) as a way to make his own contribution to society,
HOBY has become known as a training ground for tomorrow,' leaders.
The HOBY seminars take place in all 50 states as well as Canada and