send a message

Hey friends! As the holiday season is now upon us, sometimes we get caught up in the presents, lights, doorbuster sales, and cookies. Don't forget to do something kind for others. Here is one way to share some love...

Leave a quick message for a patient at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. As the website says, "Your words mean more than ever to a sick child here in Atlanta. So, go ahead. Share your message of hope. Of encouragement. Of love. And let a young patient at Children’s know you’re thinking about them – this holiday season, and all year long."


shout out

Some positive changes and an exciting time of planning is upon us! Let's get GA HOBY more connected in the realm of social media...

...tweet, tweet...

Did you hear that?

......................................tweet, tweet, tweet..........

There it is again. 

It can only mean one thing. 
GA HOBY is now on Twitter! 
Follow us @ ga_hoby. It's going to be #outstanding!

It's time for YOU to SHOUT OUT!
What are you doing in your school or community? 
Want to tell us how HOBY impacted your life?
Who had a great team?
Want to share a quote?

LET US KNOW! We are here to empower each other and DO SOMETHING GOOD! It starts with one.

As for me, I'm going say: "From grass to rocks.. I miss all of my Red Sox!"
Sir Beau Charles Monkey says heeeeyyyyyy!

Don't be shy...
You know you wanna comment.


post hoby blues

The HOBY weekend has come and gone. Many of you may be experiencing what I call the "post HOBY blues." Realizing the impact and fun of the weekend is over proves tough. But the good things to be thankful for: new friends were made, new shirts were obtained (my total HOBY shirt count: 8), bananas were formed, the moose decomposed yet again, adults inspired teenagers, teenagers inspired adults, memories were created, and the GA HOBY family grew +235. What a great weekend! On behalf of the corporate board, we were so glad to see everything come together yet again in a place where the gnats swarm, the heat blazes, and the fire alarms sound. Despite those minor obstacles, I hope everyone enjoyed GA HOBY 2011 as much as I did. It is truly outstanding and encouraging to get to gather together with such great people and share motivating ideas. 

If you would like to share a testimony, pictures, videos, or anything else for the blog, please send them to gahobyfundraising@gmail.com!

Have an OUTSTANDING week!


final countdown

TWO MORE DAYS, PEOPLE!!! Can you believe it? HOBY 2011 is almost here, and we couldn't be more excited! Tons of planning, preparation, forwarded e-mail madness, stress, sweat, tears, and dedication have gone into what will be one OUTSTANDING seminar weekend. HOBY family reunited, new memories made, a huge change to the one-seminar layout, hot Georgia summer heat, new ambassadors/future volunteers, early mornin' coffee and cheers, and some awesome dorm life shower curtains... GET. READY. It's going to be a great weekend!!! Can't wait to see everyone there! Drive safe, don't speed (been there, done that, got the ticket), and come prepared with lots of energy!

All staff members: please be at HOBY headquarters at GSW by 7:00 p.m. 


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I know it's technically Wednesday, but "testimony wednesday" doesn't have the same ring. Enjoy hearing about this HOBY influence from one of GA HOBY's most dedicated volunteers...

"What does HOBY mean to me? The better question is, what does HOBY not mean to me? Entering into the 9th year since my seminar, HOBY has become such an integral part of my life that I couldn't even imagine who I would be without it.  HOBY has taught me many things over the years of volunteering, from being able to really listen to others to understanding that we are never done growing as leaders to humbling ourselves (that last one, I'm still working on! :D ). HOBY has given me my family! The people I work with throughout the year to put on our seminar aren't just volunteers or friends, they are the people I first turn to when something goes wrong or goes great! Whether we go to the Braves' game or have Glinner (yes that's a combo of Glee and Dinner), we see each other all the time!  If I could tell my 16 year old self one thing, it would be, "Your world is about to change forever. Embrace it!" Hind sight is 20/20, so now I have the opportunity and privilege to look at current 16 year old kids and say, "Your world has forever changed because you took the chance to attend a program that looks at each person and tells them, 'I believe in you!'" That's what HOBY means to me!"
-Cameron "Daddy Cam" Bridges
GA HOBY Alum 03

Cameron receives an OUTSTANDING staff member HOBY blog award because of all the hard work and sass he has put into this program, especially this year! There is so much effort that goes on behind the scenes by many dedicated volunteers, and Cameron is a prime example of someone who gives his all to Georgia HOBY. Thanks for all that you do, Daddy Cam!! It is so appreciated! HOBY love!


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"During the beginning of my sophomore year, I was presented with an application that would eventually change my life. The application was for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) seminar. At the time, I really did not know a lot about the program. I understood that it was a leadership seminar, and since it was my second year as class president, I thought I might benefit from going. Teachers and counselors told me how amazing it would look on a college application and encouraged me to fill out the application. So I filled out the fairly short application and wrote a short essay, and about a week or two later, I was informed that I had been selected as my school’s HOBY ambassador. That following summer, I attended the seminar. The experience was one that I will never forget. Within less than an hour’s time, I had fallen in love. The high concentration of such an outstanding caliber of individuals was overwhelming. I looked around me and saw people with so many different backgrounds, values, and talents. We were all so different, yet united with a common goal. “Empower. Lead. Excel.” These words are the motto of HOBY. They sum up the purpose of our passion. After the seminar was over, I experienced a burning rush of inspiration that would carry over into the next summer to be rekindled by HOBY once more. However, this time was different. Now, instead of being an ambassador, I was a JR. staff member. I was able to get a completely different rush. Instead of experiencing the excitement of realizing the potential feats I could accomplish, I was able to inspire others to go out and “Empower. Lead. Excel.”
-David James Johnson
Westfield School

fundraising campaign

Dear all volunteers, students, parents, business people, and friends:

May is a crucial time for fundraising as we are approaching the weekend long outstanding program that is Georgia HOBY! We are so excited about this year's program and the opportunities and relationships that will come with it. If you have helped with the fundraising campaign, THANK YOU!! If you have not and would like to, there is still time! Fundraising is an around-the-calendar effort and sustains the life of this organization. Pass along an email, mention HOBY at a meeting, or spark a story for a local newspaper. There are multiple ways to help! 

Any amount of donation is greatly appreciated! You can donate online through PayPal located on this blog or the website, www.gahoby.org, or send a check made payable to:
Georgia HOBY
P.O. Box 421864
Atlanta, GA  30342

Help us spread the word about HOBY and how it impacts the lives of future leaders across the state!


testimony tuesday

Every Tuesday I'm going to try to post a couple of short testimonies from Georgia HOBY alumni or volunteers. This organization has influenced the lives of so many students and professionals across Georgia, and through personal stories like these, any reader can sense the impact of HOBY.

"I moved from California in the beginning of 10th grade, and HOBY really brought me out of my shell. Now after 5 years I'm still happily involved in GA HOBY and have met several of my best friends through the program. I am a Business major at the University of Georgia with the intention of facilitating team building and leadership training on a corporate level once I graduate. I can very confidently say that Hugh O Brian Youth Leadership changed my life." 
-Adetinpo Thomas
Student at the University of Georgia

"I wish I could put down on paper what HOBY means to me, but I never have been able to, and I know I never will. I have made lifelong friends, and I have been given opportunities that I would have never dreamed possible. Most important, though, my experience and years with HOBY has given me confidence. I went from an awkward, self-conscious teenage girl to the significantly less awkward, self-assured young woman I am today. I have been given the confidence to walk into any situation head-on, knowing that I can handle whatever comes my way. I have a burning desire to motivate other students who are in the same place I was years ago. If I could accomplish only one thing with my time at HOBY from now on, it would be to give every 16-year-old I meet the courage not to be someone else. I feel that at that point in my life, being myself was the hardest thing imaginable. I didn’t even know who I was. HOBY helped me figure it out, and it made me realize that who I am is enough. After I got that part down, it made everything else so much easier. I became a better leader, and I became better at motivating others to accomplish what I had done. Yes, HOBY is about leadership, but its secret weapon is the confidence it instills in every young person who goes through the program. This confidence is what makes these students the leaders of the future."
-Heidi Barrs
Student at the University of Georgia

Do you have a HOBY testimony that you would like to share? Email it to gahobyfundraising@gmail.com.



Georgia Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership will be sponsoring our annual leadership seminar June 3-5, 2011. HOBY lets young people make a difference and become positive catalysts for change in the home, school, workplace, and community.  Founded by veteran actor and humanitarian Hugh O’Brian (TV’s Wyatt Earp), HOBY is the nation’s foremost youth leadership development organization with over 345,000 alumni.
To help cover the expense of the meals during the 3-day seminar, we are asking you to “Sponsor-a-Plate.”  A $10 contribution will cover one dinner meal for one student. In exchange for your donation, a table place card with your name/organization name will be placed at each plate you sponsor.  If you wish, you may add your business card to introduce yourself and your company to our Outstanding Sophomore leaders!  Additionally, your name/organization name will be included in a special Sponsors section of our program booklet. 

If you are so kind to donate, please send the information listed below to gahobyfundraising@gmail.com:
  • Name/Organization
  • Company
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Amount of Contribution
    • ____ $10 Single Sponsor - (sponsors one dinner meal) x ___ # Ambassadors = ________
      ____ $25 Bronze Sponsor – (sponsors an entire day of meals) x ___ # Ambassadors = ________
      ____ $50 Silver Sponsor – (sponsors two entire days of meals) x ___ # Ambassadors = ________
      ____ $75 Gold Sponsor – (sponsors three entire days of meals) x ___ # Ambassadors = ________
      ____ $100 Outstanding Sponsor – (sponsors entire weekend of meals) x ___ # Ambassadors = _____ 
Please make checks payable to:
Georgia HOBY
P.O. Box 421864
Atlanta, GA 30342

Or use the DONATE button on the left sidebar to donate online!

*Please note that Georgia HOBY is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Evie Scogin, Director of Fundraising, Georgia HOBY

Thank you!


an homage to javy

If there is one person involved with HOBY that I have countless pictures of, it has to be Javy. A staple of the HOBY seminar, the loudest voice you've ever heard at the beginning of the weekend but the most hoarse voice you've ever heard by the end, "da moose," Javy has entertained us with his energetic and enthusiastic attitude over the years. He needed a proper homage, and I decided this blog would be the ultimate medium to do so. Congrats Jav! You receive the first HOBY BLOG AWARD for outstanding staff member! To accept this award please comment below. 

Love ya, mean it!


attention junior staff...

Your applications should be postmarked by March 3, 2011! Don't forget to fill 'em out and send 'em in!!! You're not going to want to miss out on this year's HOBY! We need much volunteer help in transitioning to the 1 seminar style and are looking forward to all of the fun, energy, and excitement that the junior staff will bring this year. So... TURN IN THOSE FORMS!


hey hoby..

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HO what?


Welcome to the new Georgia HOBY blog! Here, we will be sharing important information, funny stories, testimonies, fundraising news, and probably the occasional smart aleck comments from Nick M. and Corey N. Please keep up with this blog [click to be a follower!!] pre and post seminar to see what is going on with this outstanding organization. Be sure to visit the GA HOBY website at http://www.gahoby.org/ for more information about what HOBY is, ambassador FAQs, volunteerism, and donations. Seminar time is getting closer, and every volunteer is so excited to see what this year will bring!