Leadership Seminar

HOBY’s flagship program, the Leadership Seminar is designed to help high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community.
Selected students attend our three-day seminar and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in our state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their respective communities.
The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society.
The Objectives/Curriculum of the Leadership Seminar are:
  • To enhance student learning and development. More specifically, to develop in each student greater self-knowledge: understanding of one’s talents, values, interests, especially as these relate to the student’s capacity to provide effective leadership; and
  • Leadership Competence: the capacity to mobilize oneself and others to serve and work collaboratively.
  • For HOBY Ambassadors to become more aware of the responsibility and the importance of volunteerism and empower and motivate them to facilitate positive change in their home, school and community.
  • To create community among the identified sophomores with leadership potential.
  • For HOBY Ambassadors to demonstrate and utilize their critical thinking and collaborative skills.
  • For alumni to indicate that the experience changed their lives.
  • For volunteers to report that the experience rewards them by allowing them to participate in students’ lives.
  • For volunteers to identify the experience with sophomores as providing an opportunity to reevaluate their own life goals and objectives.
For some highlights from Connecticut’s 2016 Seminar, check out the video below!