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Leadership Seminar

HOBY New Mexico State Leadership Seminar

HOBY’s flagship program, the State Leadership Seminar is designed to help high school sophomores recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace, and community. The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops students in personal, group, and societal leadership.



Where and when is the 2017 seminar?

New Mexico’s summer Leadership Seminar is 3 days, beginning early Friday morning and ending Sunday afternoon with a Parent Program. This year our seminar will be held June 2–4, 2017, with Ambassador check-in on Friday, June 2, between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.. Our seminar will be proudly hosted at University of New Mexico. 

What happens at the Leadership Seminar?

The seminar is an intensive learning experience consisting of keynote speakers, panel sessions, and interactive skill-building activities led by business and non-profit leaders. HOBY’s dynamic, hands-on, educational approach develops critical thinking, team-building, and goal-setting skills.

Photo Slideshow presented at 2015 Parent Banquet.

Community Service Projects & Volunteering

One of the highlights of our seminar is our Leadership for Service (L4S) program, involving the youth in a community service activity and challenging them to complete a minimum of 100 hours of service in their communities in the following year. Maisie Reynolds ‘13, one of our most esteemed alumni logged almost 2,000 L4S hours.

Leadership Seminar Curriculum

Required Elements:
subject to change 

  • Parent and Ambassador Orientations
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Core Leadership Curriculum
    • Phase 1: Personal Leadership – activities to develop personal leadership qualities.
      • Introductory Module (30 min)
      • Panel or Keynote Speaker
      • Activities
    • Phase 2: Group Leadership – activities to foster collaborative leadership skills; focus on group functioning towards a common goal.
      • Introductory Module (30 min)
      • Panel or Keynote Speaker
      • Activities
    • Phase 3: Leadership for Society – activities focused on identifying the responsibility of and opportunities for a leader to contribute to positive
      • hange in society.
      • Introductory Module (40 min)
      • Panel or Keynote Speaker
      • Activities
  • Leadership for Service (L4S)
    • Step 1: Pre-Project (1.5 hours)
      • Introductory Module (5 min)
      • Define the issue
      • Identify the cause(s) of the issue
      • Discuss organizations tied to the issue(s)
      • List expectations of project/involvement
    • Step 2: Project (2 hours)
      • Interact/conduct service project
    • Step 3: Post-Project (1.5 hours)
      • Reflect on project and Ambassadors’ roles
      • Further education on issue(s)
      • Determine impact of project on the community and on the Ambassadors
      • Identify future potential projects, including projects related to the issues they encountered
      • Discuss solutions to problems and identify the effects on the stakeholders
      • 100-hour challenge to ambassadors
      • SMART Goals session focusing on how they are going to complete 100 hours of service, preferably towards a single cause
  • Program Activities
    • Group Time
    • Energizers
    • Life with HOBY/EXCELeration Kit
    • HOBY: A Life Changing Experience Video
    • Social Occasion
    • Thank you letter writing
    • Junior staff/Team Alumni involvement
  • Parent's program
  • Closing ceremony

Optional Program Elements:

  • College Fair
  • Presentations by Charitable Organizations 
  • Essay Writing (required if doing WLC Selection)
  • Get Going Get Giving Packets
  • Talent show/skits
  • Dance/concert
  • Alumni presentations/panels
  • Pizza Party
  • HOBY Store, T-shirts, Pins
  • Recognition Program for 100 hours of Community Service
  • Reflections
  • Closing Banquet
  • Photos – Year Book, Slide Show, PowerPoint CD 

Junior Staff leading Ambassadors in “Singing in the Rain.” Energizers like these keep everyone alert and enthusiastic. 

Patrick Gabaldon of Nusenda Credit Union shares his HOBY experience with a new class of Ambassadors.

The Egg Drop! A team-building activity where teams are given the same materials and goal: Don’t let the egg break.

Items needed for seminar:

  • Student Sponsorships ($195/student)
  • Printing of 100 Program Books ($450)
  • Snacks and Beverages ($250)
  • T-shirts for 140 students and staff ($500)
  • Photographer
  • Reproduction of Group Picture ($100)
  • Office Supplies ($200)
  • Registration Materials ($100)
  • Walkie-Talkies
  • Thursday lunch/dinner for 40 Volunteers
  • Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner for approx. 100 people
  • Water Bottles
  • Goodie Bags and items
  • First Class Postage: Thank You Notes ($200)
  • Photocopying ($150)
  • Thank you Gift Cards for Speakers

Gift-in-Kind requests:

  • T-shirts for students and volunteers
  • Photographer and/or printing of pictures
  • Breakfast, lunch or dinner meals
  • Water bottles
  • Snacks
  • Nametags
  • Notebooks and/or folders
  • Pads of paper and writing pens 
  • Printer Paper for copies
  • Welcome bags
  • Postage Stamps 
  • Table-sized self-adhesive flip charts
  • Thank you cards
  • Photocopying
  • Bus Transportation
  • Printers toner and ink cartridges
  • Printing of Program Book

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