If you have a question, please send it to us at and we will answer it directly. In the meantime, here are answers to some of the questions that we are commonly asked about our seminar:
Who pays for the HOBY seminar and how much does it cost?
The average cost per student attending HOBY is around $500. This includes room, meals, supplies, t-shirt, service project transportation, insurance, volunteer training, etc. There is a registration fee that is paid by the school, parent or outside service organization. Our volunteers fundraise the remaining amount with the help of local companies, organizations and individuals. 100% of our local volunteers are just that -- volunteers! We do this because of our dedication and passion for seeing our young leaders EXCEL!
What happens at a HOBY Texas North seminar?
Over 150 high school sophomores, or "ambassadors" as we like to call them, from across north Texas come together for a 3-day seminar. On the first morning of our program, the ambassadors are assigned a small group or "team," each with a Junior Facilitator (who is under 21 and has been through HOBY) and a Senior Facilitator (who is over 21). As part of the larger group or in small groups, ambassadors go through the seminar agenda which includes keynote speakers, panel conversations, leadership activities, a service project and small group discussion time. Unlike other programs, our ambassadors are given the opportunity to engage in a variety of issues, such as entrepreneurship, to science & technology, to legal issues, to hate speak & bullying, to social media & branding. The goal is to help each ambassador learn not WHAT to think but HOW to think for themselves and step up as leaders.
Who attends a HOBY Seminar?
The HOBY program is targeted to high school sophomores. These students can be nominated by their schools (principals, counselors & teachers) or by an outside service organization. We only guarantee space for one student from each high school and allow no more than three from any given high school. Part of our success is based on the fact that most of the students don't know other students at the seminar when they arrive and this allows each of them to go through the process of breaking barriers and meeting new people.
To attend a HOBY seminar is an honor, recognized by colleges as part of the application process. It is also a place where life long friendships and networking opportunities are made.
What do I need to bring to the seminar?
A complete list of what you need to bring can be found within the registration materials that you are sent via email. The top things to remember include bed linens, a blanket, pillow and towel. Students should wear casual, school appropriate clothing for our seminar activities as well as pack sneakers and old clothes for the service project day (we often work outside!) and a nice outfit for Sunday's closing program. Students should also bring with them any medications they will need throughout the weekend.
I need to (or my son/daughter needs to) leave during seminar for (fill in the blank). Can they?
This is the most difficult question that we answer every year - one that we have to say "no" to.
Once a student arrives to the seminar, they aren't allowed to leave until Sunday unless it is an emergency. There are three main reasons why.
The seminar "builds" on itself, so missing just a couple of hours would mean that an ambassador would miss an important building block to the seminar experience and its overall impact.
We are volunteers and tracking ambassadors coming and going makes running the seminar much more difficult.
To allow for one exception, which may be very important to you, would mean allowing many. This includes graduation ceremonies, track meets, spring football games, theater performances, etc.
We HATE to say no, but leadership is also about making decisions and we trust that each person will make the right decision for themselves.
I haven't received any additional information/registration materials. . .
Email is our primary source of communication with ambassadors before the seminar. First make sure that our e-mails are not being routed to your spam folder. If you still are unable to locate any other information, please email and we will resolve the issue as quickly as possible!
How are you responding to the COVID-19 outbreak?
HOBY is continuing to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation on a daily basis. The health and safety of our student ambassadors and HOBY volunteers is paramount and will continue to be our highest priority. For the time being, we are committed to providing virtual opportunities for our ambassadors and volunteers to meet.