About Us

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) was founded by actor Hugh O'Brian in 1958.  The New York State HOBY organization was founded in 1984.  Since its inception, the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminars of New York Inc.
have been funded completely by business, individual and civic sponsorships. We hope to enlarge our community support by involving a greater number of organizations in both the sponsorship of, and direct participation in, our local seminars. Growth in community involvement is the key to maintaining the success and vitality of our New York State Leadership Seminars. Localized funding enables organizations to become directly involved with the stimulation of area youth. And by expanding community support, we are able to bring the benefits of the program to more students. We urge you to become our ally in this mission.

Seminar Sites
HOBY New York currently has four seminar sites:


Donations and Financial Contributions
Financial contributions are critical to the continued vitality of the New York State Leadership Seminars. As in the past, we expect that businesses, cooperating organizations and foundations will share in this type of support. Companies are encouraged to sponsor groups of student participants, which may be selected to represent their geographic area, or to sponsor a meal or an activity during the seminar weekend. Foundations and businesses each typically sponsor 5-10 Ambassadors from the region at large. Cooperating organizations are encouraged to sponsor the individual students from their area high schools. For details on the cost of seminar meal and student sponsorships, or t
o find out how to make your financial contribution to an individual seminar, please contact the seminar site directly.  If you’d like to make a gift or financial contribution to Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminars of New York Inc., please contact John Swartwout, Corporate Board President at jswartwout@verizon.net.


Tax-Exempt Status
Programs of the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership are organized by the
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminars of New York Inc. and funded through contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals. Gifts to the Corporation are tax deductible under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code.  The Leadership Seminars are a program coordinated by the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminars of New York Inc., a nonprofit organization, and is exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c) 94-2974611. This organization is also registered with the State of New York, Secretary of State, as a charitable organization.


Administration
All HOBY leadership seminars are staffed entirely by volunteers. The
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminars of New York Inc. Leadership Seminar Committees consist of civic-minded individuals who support the goals of Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership and give their time and talent to make this learning experience possible. The professional backgrounds of the committee members are diverse, and several members are past HOBY Ambassadors. If you are interested in volunteering for your local seminar, please visit the website for the seminar (links are included above).  If you are interested in serving on the HOBY NY Corporate Board, please contact John Swartwout, Corporate Board President at jswartwout@verizon.net.


Volunteer Opportunities
To get involved complete the annual volunteer application at www.hoby.org. It only takes five minutes to get started on the path to making the world a better place through HOBY. Volunteer needs include staff facilitators, panelists, planning committee, programming staff, operations staff, fundraisers and board of directors.