SDA Junior Attends HOBY

A rising junior was SDA’s representative at HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar) the weekend of June 8-10. According to its materials, HOBY’s mission is to “inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation” and  has as its core values, volunteerism, integrity, excellence, diversity and community partnership. The three day event held at Kean University, includes activities, workshops, reflective time, group time, a dance, a parents program, and several keynote speakers.  

She shared, “It was the most amazing experience.  I spent the weekend with the most driven high school rising junior leaders from across the State of New Jersey.  I made friendships that will last a lifetime. They inspired me to do great things. We spent the weekend listening to talks given by successful people like published author, Jean Clervil and successful entrepreneur Brian Selander.  We also spent the weekend working on service projects like making blankets for “Project Linus,” a non-profit that makes homemade blankets for children in need, and “Light the Candle,” a non-profit that makes birthday cards for children in group homes.  This weekend, I learned a lot about myself and how I can be a leader in my personal and school life. I can’t wait to take what I learned and return to the SDA community and put it to good use!”