Annual Leadership Seminar

What is the HOBY State Leadership Seminar?

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is the nation's foremost youth leadership development organization. HOBY programs provide youth with unique leadership training to make a better world.


Every Spring, more than 9,000 high school sophomores from across the country are chosen to represent their high schools in HOBY State Leadership Seminars. These seminars empower students to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, and community. Selected students attend our four-day seminars and participate in hands-on activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community.


The curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society.




At HOBY, We believe the most valuable resource communities can invest in is their youth. We provide students with an amazing opportunity to learn how to lead and make a difference in the world. We teach young leaders "how to think, not what to think" - creatively, critically, and compassionately.


HOBY Ambassadors will have the distinction of representing their school and state. Students have an unforgettable experience and develop leadership skills which will serve them long into the future.


HOBY is also a highlight of any high school resume. The program is well-known among college admissions officers and provides students with access to additional recognition and scholarships, such as the Presidential Service Award.



2019 West Virginia Leadership Seminar

The 2019 West Virginia Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar is at West Virginia University on May 15th thru May 19th. If you are currently a sophomore in high school, ask your guidance counselors how YOU can attend HOBY.

West Virginia High Schools Repersented

Bridgeport High School

Brooke High School

Buckhannon-Upshur High School

Cabell Midland High School

Calhoun County Middle/High School

Cameron High School

Capital High School

Charleston Catholic High School

Clay County High School

Doddridge County High School

East Fairmont High School

Elkins High School

Fairmont Senior High School

Fayetteville High School

Frankfort High School

George Washington High School

Gilmer County High School

Grafton High School

Hannan Jr/Sr High School

Huntington High School

Independence Sr. High School

Keyser High School

Lewis County High School

Liberty High School

Little Kanawha Valley Christian School

Logan High School

Madonna High School

Meadow Bridge High School

Mingo Central Comprehensive High School

Montcalm High School

Morgantown High School

Nitro High School

Notre Dame High School

Oak Glen High School

Paden City High School

Parkersburg Catholic High Sch.

Parkersburg High School

Parkersburg South High School

Petersburg High School

PikeView High School

Poca High School

Point Pleasant High School

Ravenswood High School

Ripley High School

Ritchie County High School

River View High School

Riverside High School

Roane County High School

Robert C. Byrd High School

Scott High School

Shady Spring High School

Sissonville High School

St. Albans High School

St. Joseph Central High School

Trinity Christian School

Tyler Consolidated High School

University High School

Wahama High School

Washington High School

Wayne High School

Weir High School

West Va. Home Educators Assoc.

Westside High School

Wheeling Park High School

Williamstown High School

Winfield High School

Woodrow Wilson High School

WV Homeschoolers