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Mission Statement


To motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society through understanding and action based on effective and compassionate leadership.


Hugh O?Brian Youth Leadership provides lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential.


Volunteerism - Volunteerism is the heart and soul of our organization. We appreciate the myriad contributions of our volunteers, and recognize the power of thank you. We seek to promote and encourage volunteerism among our stakeholders. We recognize and value the power of good that volunteers can achieve working together.

Excellence - Excellence defines who we are and how we conduct our programs, and run our business. We proactively examine our performance and strive to improve in a never ending quest to continually raise our programs and business to new levels of excellence. We pursue excellence with a passion in all we do.

Organizational Integrity ? Organizational integrity forms the foundation of our organization. We demand the highest level of ethics and grow our organization based on interactions that promote mutual trust and respect with our stakeholders. We strive to ensure the highest level of organizational effectiveness by continually reviewing our programs and processes to improve quality and efficiency.

Diversity ? We value and embrace diversity. We seek out views that reflect all walks of life, and reflect those views in our programs. We are sensitive to the special needs and diverse backgrounds of individuals. We give all individuals an opportunity to be heard and to benefit from our programs.

Innovative Thinking ? Our organization grows through innovative thinking. We are not constrained by fixed ideas. We learn from the past, but are not limited by it. We proactively approach challenges and opportunities with innovative thinking to develop creative solutions. We value innovative thinking that has the potential to expand our programs and better serve our stakeholders.

Community Partnership ? We value community partnerships. We recognize the importance of working with our community organizations to reflect the diverse backgrounds of the individuals we seek to serve. We value the input we receive from our community partners, and strive to work together cooperatively and constructively.

Lifelong Learning Leadership Opportunities ? We never stop. We believe that leadership skills can and should be continually improved and refined. We provide programs and services to foster lifelong leadership learning opportunities.


Central PA HOBY Leadership provides a 4-day seminar for high school sophomores. Each school in Central PA is invited to select one student who demonstrates outstanding leadership skill and potential to serve as their school's ambassador. During the seminar, students participate in panel discussions featuring speakers who are leaders in the fields of government, education, media, and social issues. They spend "a day in the life of a state representative" debating bills on the house floor at the PA Capitol. They spend a half day learning about small and large businesses in PA, then serve for the afternoon at various volunteer sites. Throughout this weekend are many cheers, a dance, a talent show, new friendships, many challenges, and a life-changing experience.

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