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About HOBY

Inspriring, 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 (aka HOBY - pronounced "hoe-bee").

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.

HOBY Arizona is proud of having a long history of serving the youth of our state for over 36 years.

HOBY programs provide youth selected by their schools a great opportunity to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. HOBY also provides adults with opportunities to make a significant impact on the lives of youth by volunteering. Over 4,000 committed HOBY volunteers plan and execute the programs each year, serving both at the state HOBY affiliate level and on HOBY International's Board of Trustees. Due to the selfless efforts of volunteers and the contributions of generous donors, over 9,500 students participate in HOBY programs annually.

Today, over 415,000 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 with a student, parent, alumna/us, volunteer or supporter!




HOBY Arizona is proud to announce that the 2014 leadership program will be held on the campus of Grand Canyon University in Phoenix on June 5th-8th, 2014. Visit GCU's website to learn more about how GCU can help you take your leadership skills to new heights.



"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know, the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve."


-Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

Physician, Philosopher, Humanitarian, Theologian, Musician and the inspiration for Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)