Last weekend several sophomores traveled to Anchorage for HOBY, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership. HOBY is a youth leadership organization that takes place all around the U.S. The point of it is to teach youth to become outstanding leaders.
When interviewing other students who attended HOBY, they all had positive things to say about the experience. Kristal from Unalaska said, “I really enjoyed HOBY, because it was a very different experience than what I have experienced before. The seminar helped me get out of my comfort zone and taught me how to become a better leader. I also enjoyed meeting lots of different people from different places, and making new friends.”
During HOBY students participated in many activities as well as a service project. “The activity I liked doing at HOBY was the magic yarn project, because it was impactful to little kids that are battling cancer. Even though we did a little, it was good just helping a little bit,” said Karee from Wasilla. Maddie from Valdez said, “My favorite activity was probably going to the museum. I really enjoyed looking at all the amazing pieces and the interactive section.”
When students were asked if they learned from HOBY they all said yes. Izzy from Valdez said that “I was able to learn how I can use my personality in order to try and better lead people.” Another sophomore from Valdez, Kelsey, said, “I was able to learn that there are resources that are willing to help and success isn't linear.” Even students from our own school were able to learn and have fun. Jeffry said, “I learned that everyone has potential for leadership inside of them, but it's what they do with it that really matters.” Holly said that she “enjoyed meeting new people” and “liked helping with the Magic Yarn Project.”
I think that HOBY taught me a lot and pushed me to be more confident in myself and my leadership abilities. I would recommend that any sophomores who get the opportunity to attend HOBY take it. It is a great learning experience that can positively impact students' confidence and leadership skills. When asked about if she would recommend the program, Karee said, “Yes, I would recommend HOBY to others because it was a good opportunity to get to know other people and learn more about what it takes to be a good leader, and start having an idea of what you want to do after high school.” I think our school should continue to send students to HOBY because it is very impactful and lots of fun.