Inspiring, Educational, Compassionate, Energizing, Enthusiastic, Motivating, Transforming, Long-Lasting, and Life-Changing

These are some of the words that students, schools, parents, alumni, volunteers and supporters use to describe Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY). What does HOBY mean to you?

Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students.

The New York East Leadership Seminar provides youth in eastern New York leadership training, service-learning, and motivation-building experience over the course of 3-days. HOBY New York East also provides adults with opportunities to make a significant impact on the lives of youth through volunteering.

Today, over 375,000 proud alumni make HOBY stronger than ever. HOBY alumni are leaders in their schools and communities, throughout the United States and the world, making a difference for others through service. Want to see the impact of HOBY firsthand? Get involved as a student, school, parent, alumna/us, volunteer or supporter – simply select the area of your choice!

A Sampling of Activities

Personal Leadership Development

Through guided personal reflection,

students will understand their values, ethics, and current leadership abilities.

Group Leadership Simulation

Students will participate in simulated leadership games

allowing them to explore group dynamics and get hands on experience.

Societal Exploration

Students explore and discuss issues in our society and solutions.

All viewpoints are encouraged.  We support addressing controversy with civility.

Team Building Activities

All students will be assigned a group and will

be awarded the opportunity to bond with the team and develop friendships.


Sample Schedule

Review a prior year's schedule for insight into our activities.

Program Book

Read and explore our 2022 Program Book

The HOBY Story

Read more about the origins of our program.

Leadership for Service

Learn about our alumni service challenge.


Attending our Seminar

Our seminar is targeted at High School Sophomores. High schools - both public and private - in the New York counties of Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, and Washington are invited to send a representative. Home schooled students are also welcome to enroll.  Additionally, we welcome community organizations to nominate students for our programs.  In the past, local YMCAs, The Brothers@, scouting organizations, and the Boys and Girls Clubs have recommended students to attend HOBY NY East.

For information on how to register for the upcoming seminar, please contact


HOBY - Inspiring Change, Changing Lives