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K-State Today

June 2, 2016



K-State hosts Kansas Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership seminar June 2-5

By Danielle Cerbe

More than 200 sophomores from around the state will convene at Kansas State University for the annual Kansas Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, or HOBY, seminar June 2-5.

During the four-day seminar students will recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective and ethical leaders. Student participants, called HOBY Ambassadors, will hear from motivational speakers including Emily Lehning, associate vice president for student life and director of New Student Services at K-State.

Students also will take part in interactive panels and activities, meet leaders from around the state and explore their own leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community.

Hugh O' Brian, an American actor, started the seminar in 1958 with one goal: To seek out, recognize and develop leadership potential among our nation's youth. He wanted to teach students how to think, not what to think.

At the end of the seminar, ambassadors are challenged to complete 100 hours of volunteer work in their communities. HOBY has 70 seminars nationwide and ambassadors have performed more than 3 million hours of volunteer service.