Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome!  You’re about to join an exciting group of individuals who have experienced Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, otherwise known as HOBY. You are in for a life-changing experience over the course of the weekend. And to get ready, you need to know what to expect, right? You also need to know what to bring with you as you prepare for your trip. Take a look and see what’s in store….This information is for the 2020 Seminar.

Where will the seminar be held?

The seminar will be held virtually this year!

When will the seminar be held?

The virtual seminar will take place on Saturday June 13th and Sunday June 14th, from 8am-4:30pm. Ambassadors must be present for the entire seminar.

What kind of program is planned?

During your HOBY Leadership Seminar, many dynamic leaders—all volunteers from the fields of business, education, government, and other professions—will address aspects of our changing world and the challenges future leaders will confront. The program will not promote any specific political party, religion, or way of thinking; but is designed to develop critical thinking skills by actively involving participants in discussions and informal debate. During the seminar, you will be asked to undertake community service project(s) involving at least 100 hours during the year following your seminar, to make a difference in your school, community, place of worship, or other environment where you see a need. The program also includes outstanding speakers, leadership activities, social events, and a special closing ceremony to which your parents are invited.

Who pays for the seminar?

Schools, parents, and cooperating organizations pay for participant Registration Fees. Additional costs are generously provided by sponsors throughout our state, including businesses, foundations, individuals, and service organizations wishing to support leadership education.

What should I wear?

Dress is casual throughout the weekend.

What about religious services?

Religious services are not available at the Connecticut HOBY seminar.

What should I do if I’m not sure I can attend the seminar?

If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the entire seminar, we would like to give another student the opportunity to attend. Please return these forms to the person at your school who selected you, and follow up with an email to the Leadership Seminar Chairs at

Who may I contact should I have additional questions?

Additional questions or concerns should be directed to the Leadership Seminar Chairs at

What action should I take now?

With your parent or guardian, carefully review, complete, and sign the pre-seminar forms.

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