So the first trip that I had last month was to HOBY (aka Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar) at Transylvania University.  This is the leadership program that I have been involved with for 6 years now.  This year I was serving as a facilitator for B3!  This week was a blast.  Here’s a recap…

Wednesday afternoon and evening: staff meetings and preparations

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: lots of group time, awesome speakers, activities, service projects, amazing race, talent show, dance, and much more!

Sunday: last group meeting and closing ceremonies

Needless to say it was a lot of fun packed into a very short amount of time.

Here are some of my favorite parts:

1. The Amazing Race: after talking about being leaders and group leadership, it was great to see my ambassadors work together to finish the race and have fun doing it.  We even had time to stop at Dunkin Donuts for drinks and donuts.  We had a blast!

2. Group Meetings: this is the 3rd year I have been one of the leaders in a group and the 1st year that I was the main leader.  It was fun getting to see B3 grow as team and friends.  We were able to cross barriers and differences to see what mattered most about people.  It is so rewarding to see people come together for a weekend and grow close to each other.  My hope is that they have formed friendships that will last a lifetime.  To this day I still talk to people that I went to HOBY with and that I have worked HOBY with.

L4S (aka Leadership for Service): This is our service part of the weekend.  One of our main things for students to take away from HOBY is volunteering and serving their community.  We challenge them to complete 100 hours of service over the next year. During the seminar we host a service project, or many service projects for the students to participate in.  This year I was in charge of a group doing trash pickup in Lexington.  We were split away from our regular groups and put into new service project group.  This was a challenge since I had ambassadors who didn’t know each other and hadn’t spent the weekend growing as a team, but all in all it went well.  We were able to clean up a large area in a rougher part of town.  Hopefully people will see that we cared about their community and will now take time to care about it too.

Anyway, that is just a little bit about HOBY and the weekend I had!

If you have never heard of HOBY you should check it out!  www.HOBY.org & http://kentuckyhoby.wordpress.com/


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