Jerrel Cobb, III (Trey) served as an Ambassador at the North Carolina East Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar during the summer of 2011. He represented Holly Springs High School at the statewide seminar.
Trey, son of Jerry and Sarah Cobb, was challenged to make a difference in the community by participating in the Leadership for Service program. He fulfilled his pledge of performing over 100 community service hours this past year and was recently recognized for receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award from HOBY, including a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.
HOBY Leadership Seminars bring together a select group of high school sophomores from public and private high schools to interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education, media, and community service occupations to discuss present and future issues.
The goal is to provide young leaders a stimulating forum for learning about critical issues while broadening their understanding of their leadership potential and quest for self-development. HOBY leaders are also challenged to return to their communities to perform at least 100 hours of community service within 12 months following the Seminar.
Since HOBY’s founding, the goal of each seminar is to provide a catalyst to lifelong leadership development that empowers individuals to achieve their highest potential. As the Ambassadors are exposed to new ideas and engage in challenging topics, HOBY hopes to illustrate how to think constructively and discuss complex issues with individuals from various backgrounds and beliefs. HOBY’s goal is to show the Ambassadors how to think rather than what to think. Since 1958, HOBY has been a part of more than 365,000 students’ lives, many of whom continue to volunteer on HOBY seminar planning committee’s, in their local communities, and schools to keep the HOBY sprit alive.
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership was established in 1958 by the popular actor Hugh O’Brian following a visit to Africa where he was inspired by a meeting with Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
“One of the things Schweitzer said to me was that the most important thing in education was to teach young people to think for themselves,” O’Brian said. “From that inspiration, and with the support of others who believe in youth and the American dream, I started HOBY to seek out, recognize, and develop outstanding leadership potential among our nation’s youth.”
For additional information about HOBY, please refer to www.hoby.org or contact Rose Santini, Director of National Programs, Office 818-851-3980 ext. 308, email@example.com