DELAVAN — Delavan-Darien High School soon-to-be junior Max Grover was one of 35 Wisconsin high school students to recently attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership seminar at Madison Edgewood College.
HOBY Leadership Seminars are designed to bring together a select group of high school sophomores from public and private high schools to interact with groups if distinguished leaders in business, government, education, media and non-profits to discuss current and future world issues.
DDHS teachers nominated Grover for the honor of attending the seminar. HOBY attendees have demonstrated leadership qualities such as: outstanding oral and/or written communication skills; critical and/or creative thinking; creative problem solving; strong decision-making skills; sensitivity to the needs or concerns of others; charismatic personality; courage to speak out for one’s beliefs; courage to challenge authority and participation in community service activities.
The goal of the seminars is to provide young leaders a stimulating forum for learning about critical issues while broadening their understanding of their leadership potential and quest for self-development.
After the HOBY program, attendees are challenged to return to their communities to perform at least 100 hours of volunteer community service within 12 months following the Leadership Seminar.
To date, HOBY ambassadors have performed more than 2.5 million hours of volunteer service.
Since HOBY’s founding, the goal of each HOBY program is to be a catalyst to lifelong leadership development that empowers individuals to achieve their highest potential. As the participants (called HOBY Ambassadors) are exposed to new ideas and engage in challenging topics, HOBY fosters an environment for Ambassadors to think constructively and discuss complex issues with individuals from various backgrounds and beliefs. HOBY’s goal is to teach ambassadors how to think, not what to thin.
Since 1958, HOBY has been a part of more than 375,000 students’ lives, many of whom continue to volunteer for HOBY in their local communities.
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership was established in 1958 by the popular actor Hugh O’Brian following a visit to Africa, where he was inspired by a meeting with Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
“One of the things Schweitzer said to me was that the most important thing in education was to teach young people to think for themselves,” O’Brian said. “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 potential among our nation’s youth.”
For more information about HOBY, visit www.hoby.org/.