Youth Development

Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation Virginia Leadership Seminar, Inc.

aka HOBY Virginia

Oakton, VA


Each year, over 250 Virginia high school sophomores represent their high schools at the HOBY Virginia Leadership Seminar. The all volunteer led seminar empowers students to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, and community. Selected students attend our three-day seminar, funded primarily on charitable donations, to participate in hands-on activities, meet state and national leaders, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community. Students have an unforgettable experience and develop leadership skills which will serve them long into the future.

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Principal Officer

Caryll Lawrence

Main Address

10196 Oakton Terrace Rd

Oakton, VA 22124 USA


Youth, Leadership, Volunteer, Empower, Excel





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

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To inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.


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

Core Values

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 and of giving back. We seek to promote and encourage service among our stakeholders. We recognize and value the positive accomplishments that volunteers can achieve by working together. We believe that volunteers are positively impacted by our programs as much as the youth and communities we serve.

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

Excellence – We strive to continually raise our programs and business to new levels of excellence. We encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in business, education, and social responsibility. We develop creative solutions to address challenges and to utilize opportunities. We believe that leadership skills can and should be continually improved and refined.

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 equal opportunity to be heard and to benefit from our programs.

Community Partnership – We value community partnerships. We recognize the importance of working with community organizations to strengthen our supportive network. We value the input we receive from our community partners, and strive to work together cooperatively and constructively for the betterment of all.

Most student expenses are paid by donations received from cooperating organizations, businesses and corporations, individual donations and grants. The cost per Ambassador ranges from $225 for a partial sponsorship to $395 for a full sponsorship, which includes the activities at the seminar for the entire weekend including lodging and food. HOBY is particularly concerned that the seminar not be an expense to the sophomores or their families, so that students from all economic and social backgrounds have an equal opportunity to attend. HOBY Virginia actively seeks participation from cooperating organizations, businesses and corporations, individual donations and other foundations through Gifts-In-Kind, Direct Financial Support and Volunteer opportunities.

As an affiliate of HOBY International, the Virginia Leadership Seminar, Inc. provides the following programs around the commonwealth:

• Annual Virginia Leadership Seminar
• The HOBY Alumni Chapter
• Community Leadership Education Workshops (CLeWs)

Volunteer hours recorded in HOBY International Leadership 4 Service (L4S) database, alumni association activity, and annual volunteer retention.

VA HOBY is seeking to increase the footprint of the annual seminar, enhance the program, and increase the number of Community Leadership Workshops (CLeWs)

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