HOBY Ohio South 2019 comes to a close

We can’t believe HOBY is almost over already!

The 2019 Closing Ceremonies will begin promptly at 2pm at Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta. Families should arrive no later than 1:45pm and park in the dorm parking lot at 215 N Seventh St between Butler and Putnam Streets (this is the same parking lot as check-in).

Peoples Bank Theatre is a short 10-minute walk from the dorms, where ambassadors and families will return together for check-out. HOBY volunteers will be on site to direct you to the theatre, and shuttles will be available for those who need assistance or in case of inclement weather. Please note that there is no handicapped parking available at Peoples Bank Theatre; anyone with mobility needs should park at the dorms and plan to use the shuttle to the theater. If you plan on using the shuttle for transportation from the parking lot, please be sure to arrive early.

Ambassadors will join the ceremony after a short parents’ program, and we will conclude by 3pm to return to the dorms for check-out.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all again this afternoon. As always, please reach out to us with any questions at [email protected] or (740) 500-HOBY(4629).

2019 HOBY Ohio South Arrival Information

Can you believe HOBY is next week already!? Our all-volunteer staff is so excited to greet you with enthusiasm just one week from today!

Don’t forget, all medical forms (required if the ambassador will be bringing prescription medications to HOBY) and key deposits are due as soon as possible. Make sure you review the packing list, and start preparing for the weekend! You can find the answers to almost any question here on our website.

Ambassador check-in is from 12:30pm—1:30pm on Thursday, June 6. Please do not arrive early, and be sure to eat lunch before arriving on campus as dinner on Thursday evening will be the first meal served.

Families should park in the parking lot adjacent to McCoy and Harrison Halls on the campus of Marietta College. There will be signage and HOBY staff members along the route to guide you, and you can use the following address for GPS directions, or click here for more detailed directions.

215 N Seventh St
Marietta, OH 45750 

The 2019 HOBY Ohio South Leadership Seminar Program Book is now available here! Check it out to get an idea of what we have in store for you next week.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, or if you find that you are no longer able to join us next weekend. You can reach us by email at [email protected], or by phone or text at (740) 500-HOBY(4629). If we are unable to answer when you call, please leave a voicemail and we will call you back as quickly as we can.

See you on Thursday, June 6!

Required Pre-Seminar Forms

2019 HOBY Ohio South ambassadors and families,

Your pre-seminar forms are now ready for your completion! You must complete these materials online before you can attend the seminar. They are due by Friday, May 10, 2019.

You can access the forms by clicking here!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Katie Hanson, Director of Recruitment, at [email protected] or (740) 500-HOBY(4629).

We can’t wait to meet you all in June! In the mean time, you can find everything you need to prepare for your HOBY experience on our Getting Ready page.

Target Recognized as Outstanding Donor for Ohio Youth Leadership Program

Company’s West Jefferson distribution center has contributed over $10,000

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Ohio South has selected Target as this year’s recipient of its Benefactor Award, which was established to recognize significant supporters of its programs.

The HOBY Ohio South Youth Leadership Seminar is a four-day seminar where nearly 200 sophomores from central and southeast Ohio gather to learn leadership and life skills through keynote presenters, guided activities, and interactive events with their peers from other school districts.

“This weekend really has a lasting impact on these kids for the rest of their lives,” said Rachel Foltz-Nash, Volunteer Co-Chair for HOBY Ohio South. Co-Chair Jacob Manser added, “the kinds of programs that they get to experience wouldn’t be possible without the great support of our private donors and philanthropic partners like Target.”

The Target T-2804 Distribution Center in West Jefferson, Ohio has gifted more than $10,300 over the past two years through the Target Community Engagement Funds Grant program. This makes them one of the largest single donors in HOBY Ohio South’s 40-year history.

The Benefactor Award will be presented to Target at the HOBY Ohio South Youth Leadership Seminar closing ceremonies on Sunday, June 9 at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.

About HOBY

For 60 years, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) has helped to cultivate leaders by inspiring a global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs annually provide more than 10,000 local and international high school students the opportunity to participate in unique leadership training, service learning and motivation-building experiences. HOBY also provides adults the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of youth by volunteering, and today more than 4,000 volunteers annually and over 500,000 alumni proudly make up the HOBY family. For further information on HOBY, visit www.hoby.org. “Like” Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HOBY and follow the organization on Twitter via @HOBY.


Media Contact
Ryan Beaman
Volunteer Director of Media and Public Relations
(614) 517-9545
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It’s time for I Love HOBY!

HOBY Ohio South is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to instilling lifelong leadership skills and values of community service in outstanding young people across Central and Southeast Ohio. Our flagship program is the annual HOBY Ohio South Leadership Seminar, a four-day program held each June at which nearly 200 high school sophomores develop and hone their leadership skills through intensive and innovative curriculum.

The financial success of our seminar depends entirely on volunteer fundraising. As one component of that, each year we challenge each our volunteers to raise money from their friends, family, and valentines during the month of February for the I Love HOBY campaign.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to say, “I Love HOBY!”

You can contribute to the campaign here, or by asking your friend or family member on staff for their personal donation link to make sure they get the credit!

Closing Ceremonies are today!


Can you believe the 2018 HOBY Ohio South Leadership Seminar is already coming to an end!?

We provided information about our Closing Ceremonies in pre-seminar materials and at check-in, but wanted to provide you with some updated information due to a strong case of storms this afternoon.

Drivers please consider dropping any passengers directly at Peoples Bank Theater at 222 Putnam St. Marietta, OH 45750. Then, drivers can return to the check in parking lot at 215 Seventh St to take a complimentary shuttle to the theater.
Be sure to bring umbrellas! Shuttles for the return will be highly limited.

Additionally, all HOBY families are invited to a Marietta College Admission Reception with cookies and punch before the parent’s program from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm in McCoy Hall.  Learn more about Marietta College and ask questions before attending the Closing Ceremonies.

The 2018 Leadership Seminar is less than a month away!

Can you believe it?!

Ambassadors and families, please remember to fill out your pre-seminar materials if you haven’t already. These forms are now late!

Please remember that if you are bringing prescription medication to HOBY, your prescribing physician must complete, sign, and return this form.

Plan to arrive at Marietta College between 12:30pm and 1:30pm on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Please park in the parking lot at 215 N Seventh Street, Marietta, OH 45750 between Butler and Putnam Streets. You’ll see a large HOBY banner and signs to direct you. For more detailed directions to campus, please click here. Closing Ceremonies will be on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 2:00pm. All are welcome!

Remember to take a look at the suggested packing list and seminar FAQs!

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Recruitment, Amy Moran, at [email protected] or (740) 500-HOBY(4629) with any additional questions or concerns.

HOBY Hugs, and we can’t wait to meet you all in June!