Central PA HOBY and Central Pennsylvania Leadership Seminar were created in 1978 after Hugh O’Brian contacted the Pennsylvania Jaycees — a service organization that introduces young adults to community service and leadership opportunities. Since then, the Central PA HOBY Seminar has grown to consistently serve 250 sophomores each year from public and private high schools throughout Central PA. Our all-volunteer board, Seminar planning committee and staff reflect the growing involvement of our HOBY alumni — more and more former ambassadors are volunteering their time as committee members, staff, speakers and facilitators.
Central PA HOBY is the local affiliate of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership. For more than 50 years HOBY has been known as the nation’s premier youth leadership development organization. Founded in 1958 by veteran actor Hugh O’Brian, HOBY’s mission is to provide lifelong opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential. O’Brian set out to help young people make a difference and become positive catalysts for change — in the home, school, workplace, and community. Now, with more than 375,000 alumni leading the way, HOBY is respected worldwide for its youth leadership programs.