Selecting A Student
In September, HOBY mails its Sophomore Selection Packet to every public, private and charter high school in the United States inviting them to select and register students to attend their U.S. State HOBY Leadership Seminar. The 3- and 4-day Leadership Seminars take place between March and June, with each school sending a sophomore representative to attend. Schools are asked to determine their annual representatives and register the students online. If your school did not receive the packet this year, you may still select and register a student. School administrators can click here for the registration packet and read on for details.
Choosing Your Representative
To select your school’s representative, HOBY asks that you first promote the program to the entire sophomore class. Leadership ability surpasses race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status, so all sophomores should be considered in selecting your HOBY representative. You may distribute fliers, put up posters, make announcements to the student body, hold an assembly, and/or encourage all teachers affiliated with the sophomore class to mention the program to their students. Your school’s representatives from previous years are great for leading this effort to promote HOBY and can share their own experiences with the current sophomores. Encourage all 10th graders to learn more about HOBY by visiting www.hoby.org.
Refer all interested candidates to a specific school counselor who will lead the selection process. Your school may choose to do a face-to-face interview about the student’s desire to represent the school, an essay contest about leadership, or create your own creative idea! If you choose to do an essay, you may provide a topic, such as, “In 75 to 100 words, please describe the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader in your school and community.”
Narrow your search to students with demonstrated or potential leadership ability, exhibiting one or more of the following traits:
– Outstanding oral and/or written communication skills
– Critical and/or creative thinking
– Creative problem solving
– Strong decision-making skills
– Sensitivity to the needs or concerns of others
– Charismatic personality (others gravitate towards him or her)
– Courage to speak out for one’s beliefs
– Courage to challenge authority
– Participation in community service activities
It is up to each school to select the students who will make the most of their HOBY experience.
Registering Your Ambassador
Collect student information needed for registration by having your selected student complete the HOBY Registration Worksheet. Then register your student online using your HOBY school ID and password. Enter all of the information from the completed worksheet into our secure online registration.
If you need your school’s HOBY ID and password, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “School ID Request” and include the following information:
– High school name
– School’s complete mailing address with city, state, and zip code
– School contact name
– School contact’s position (i.e. School Counselor, Principal, etc.)
– School contact’s phone number
Your school ID and password will be sent electronically to your school contact. Please secure the confidentiality of the school ID and password as only school personnel should register students online.
The fee for students to attend HOBY varies by state. Please contact our office or your local HOBY team for more information. The only other expenses students are responsible for is transportation to and from the seminar and personal spending money for optional photos and souvenirs. The registration fee covers liability insurance coverage, volunteer/staff training, public relations, marketing materials, communications, technology and software for HOBY’s online registration, website development and maintenance and staff support to the volunteers.
You may pay online with a credit card or Purchase Order, or mail a check. If your school is unable to pay the fee, please consider a Booster/Activity club, the PTA, or other creative options in the community for sponsorship. Finally, parents of the selected student can elect to pay the fee. Please note that your representative is not officially accepted until the registration fee is received. You may also print an invoice, a copy of the registration, or a credit card receipt during the online process. Click here to Register Online.