Program: General Information

HOBY Maryland has graduated outstanding leaders since 1979, and annually serves close to 200 high school sophomores throughout Maryland at its four day seminar held each spring. In addition, HOBY Maryland serves more students throughout the year at its Community Leadership Workshops (CLeWs) held at various regional locations. Our alumni association is quickly growing into a recognizable force in the continuing development of its seminar graduates through organized community service activities.


To inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.


To motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society through understanding and action based on effective and compassionate leadership.

Core Values

HOBY Marylands's most direct beneficiaries are the more than Maryland high school sophomores (at least one from each school) who attend our leadership seminar each year, and the high school freshmen who attend our CLeW programs throughout the state. HOBY Maryland benefits those schools which send their student ambassadors to our seminars and CLeWs, since these students return to their schools with a new vitality, a greater sense of purpose, and a new set of resources that they can use to make their schools and communities better places in which to live. HOBY Maryland's sponsors benefit from the knowledge that they have contributed to the enhancement of their student's leadership potential, and therefore to their community's future. And, although no members of the staff or the board receive any financial compensation from HOBY Maryland, the personal rewards of their participation are enormous!

Programs of Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership and Hugh O'Brian Youth Maryland are funded through contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals. Gifts to the organization are tax deductible under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code. The Maryland Leadership Seminar and local CLeWs are programs coordinated by the Maryland Leadership Seminar Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and is exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c)95-6082886. This organization is also registered with the State of Maryland as a charitable organization.