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, now in it's 33rd year, provides youth in eastern New York selected by their schools a unique 3-day motivational  leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experience. New York East HOBY also provides adults with opportunities to make a significant impact on the lives of youth by 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 2017 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.

Our 34th annual seminar will be held from Saturday Sept 19th through Sunday Sept 20th and will be held virtually. For information on how to register for the upcoming seminar, please contact


HOBY - Inspiring Change, Changing Lives