Volunteerism isn’t just one of our values–it’s the core of who we are as an organization. The people-power and the magic of HOBY is all made possible by our thousands of volunteers. HOBY volunteers deliver programs, unmask potential, educate those around them, seek first to understand, and prioritize connection and care. HOBY volunteers make HOBY possible. Join this outstanding community, today!

State Leadership Seminars

Each spring and summer, 70+ seminars are conducted across the United States, and in Canada and the United Kingdom. Every seminar is planned and executed by 3,000+ volunteers. While many volunteers are also HOBY Alumni, new volunteers are more than welcome! Volunteering with HOBY can look like:

  • Working directly with students as a facilitator
  • Delivering the HOBY curriculum for local impact as a member of the program team
  • Operationalizing a weekend of speakers and activities as part of the operations team
  • Recruiting schools and students to participate
  • Supporting your local seminar with fundraising
  • Providing guidance by serving on a local corporate board
  • Engaging and supporting Alumni in their life with HOBY

World Leadership Congress

The World Leadership Congress takes place each July in a major U.S. city. Welcoming 300+ students and 100+ volunteers from around the world, this week-long event is an outstanding opportunity for volunteers to develop skills and build connections in a supportive, growth-focused environment. WLC volunteers are often also involved at their local seminars, and they bring their diverse personal and HOBY perspectives to their positions. Often working with people they’ve just met, WLC volunteers combine passion with skill as they build an extraordinary experience for the diverse global youth who participate.

Leadership for Service (L4S)

HOBY  volunteers truly put their service leadership learning into action after the seminar concludes. Each year, HOBY alumni and volunteers are challenged to complete 100 hours of service to their communities. These service hours are a tangible way for our alumni to apply their passion and  leadership skills toward making a positive impact. The L4S challenge gives recognition to all HOBY alumni and volunteers who complete at least 100 hours of service each year through the awarding of The President’s Volunteer Service Award. Service hours are logged on HOBY’s L4S website, and recognition is given to those who meet our challenge each year.  In addition, we recognize any alum or volunteer who has served and logged at least 4,000 hours over their lifetime with the prestigious President’s Call to Service Award. 

Over 5,000,000 service hours have been logged by HOBY alumni and volunteers since 1998, and that number grows as HOBY alumni and volunteers log 60,000+ hours of service each year.

Service Project

Other HOBY Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to their local efforts, HOBY volunteers are critical to our work worldwide. Roles are available on our advisory councils, working groups, in training support, and more.

Leaders Connect Here

HOBY Connect

HOBY Connect is a password-protected online platform that contains resources and trainings for current, approved HOBY volunteers. This platform serves as a one-stop shop for all volunteers to search and register for training sessions and events and build connections with other volunteers across the country.

Find a Volunteer Opportunity

Let us know you are interested and we’ll help find the right role for you!