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Registration for the 2014 Iowa HOBY seminar (June 6-8, 2014 at Central College in Pella, IA) is open for high school sophomores. School counselors or representatives can click here to register a sophomore. Questions? Contact Shana Smrcina at registration@iahoby.org.

More than 200 high school sophomores participated in the 2012 seminar held in June at Central College.

As of August 1st, 2012 forty four 2012 Iowa HOBY Alums have logged more than 1,100 hours of community service. Congratulations and continue getting those hours logged!

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» 2014 Seminar Planning Team

Our purpose is to teach you how to think, not what to think. Each year, Iowa HOBY hosts an annual leadership seminar designed to prepare our country's high school sophomores to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, schools, workplace and community. HOBY Ambassadors are selected from each of Iowa's public and private high schools each fall.

HOBY's vision is "To motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society through understanding and action based on effective and compassionate leadership." Through a network of more than 4,000 volunteers nationwide, HOBY is able to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential.

Iowa HOBY is celebrating more than 30 years of leadership seminars across the state and the accomplishments of more than 5,000 Iowa high school sophomores who have participated in the program since our first seminar in 1967. The 2013 Iowa HOBY Leadership Seminar will be held June 14-16th, 2013 at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

For more information about the 2013 Iowa HOBY leadership seminar, including the Ambassador selection process, how to get involved as a volunteer, or to make a financial contribution, please contact Rachel Anderson Leadership Seminar Chair.

"One of the best things that Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) does is it labels every student who attends the conference a leader, whether they've ever considered themselves one before or not. Second thing it does is it allows sophomores, possibly for the first time in their lives, a chance to leave behind everyone's ideas of who they are. For that weekend...they're completely free to come up with their own definition of self...."

James Van Der Beek, Actor and 1993 HOBY Alumnus

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Keep in touch and be involved with Iowa HOBY! Online alumni meetings are held on a regular basis. Contact Aaron Horsfield, Alumni Advisor, or join the Iowa HOBY Facebook group.

» Help plan the 2014 HOBY seminar
Interested in making the 2014 Iowa HOBY Leadership Seminar an OUTSTANDING one? Volunteers are needed to help recruit Ambassadors from their high schools, raise funds and get gifts in kind, serve on staff and more. Contact Shana Smrcina and Heather Scoville, Leadership Seminar Chairs, to volunteer today. Check out the OUTSANDING members of the planning team here.

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