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Hugh O' Brian Far West Texas Leadership Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Leadership Development, Youth Community Service Clubs, Youth Development, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Empower. Lead. Excel. HOBY's Mission: To inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. For over five decades, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) has inspired young people to make a difference and become catalysts for positive change in their home, school, workplace, and community. As America’s foremost youth leadership organization, HOBY has a long and impressive history of successfully motivating youth and volunteers to outstanding leadership. HOBY aims to inspire and develop our global community of youth & volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY Far West Texas concentrates on the El Paso County area and near by cities.

Results: Our alumni completed 80% the 100 hour challenge (leadership for service) project that the national HOBY program encourages every graduating ambassador to achieve. Our FWT chapter sorted and organized an outstanding amount of food for the El Pasoan's fighting hunger foundation. HOBY FWT is recognized at the site, our seal with our logo hangs inside the foundation. Our alumni have set up several HOBY outreach sites at YISD and SISD high schools. Our alumni have volunteered for the fourth of July parade in 2015. HOBY has volunteered for the miracle league helping individuals with disabilities in 2009. HOBY has rung the bells for the Salvation Army from 2008-2010.

Target demographics: empower sophomore high school students . By developing their knowledge of forward thinking and concept of leadership.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 70 ambassadors and helped clean the storing warehouse for The El Pasoans fighting hunger food bank.

Geographic areas served: El Paso Texas

Programs: The HOBY FWT seminar. HOBY invites guest speakers to talk with HOBY ambassadors and emphasis points regarding personal leadership, group leadership, and societal leadership. The seminar hosts group activities for ambassadors which further develop critical thinking skills and communication. After each annual seminar ambassadors are welcome back to be apart of the HOBY FWT alumni. The HOBY FWT alumni continues to actively volunteer locally. Please visit the HOBY FWT website: www.hobyfwt.org

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HOBY allowed me to get out of my shell. I highly recommend for anyone. It also allowed me to become an eager volunteer and leader!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

At first I was nervous of going and once I got there I made new friends. They are like my family and everyone is kind.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was fun, met a lot of strangers, and left with great friends.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience. This seminar taught me a lot about myself and allowed to become more confident of my skills and myself in general.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I like the experience this organization gives . This organization is very life changing

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HOBY has been life changing for me. Before HOBY, I was extremely shy and was terrible at socializing. Because of HOBY, I am more confident. Because of HOBY, I have a family that never stops supporting and encouraging me. This year I came back to volunteer and it was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. It was beautiful to see the new ambassadors grow and find themselves. HOBY has given me so much and is such a beautiful organization. HOBY is outstanding in every way possible!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Attending HOBY really changed my life. Besides meeting new friends it helped me see life in a different way, in a more positive way. To be honest, this seminar exceeded my expectations. Now I'm looking forward to share this to my school and make it a better place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HOBY changed the way I view life in such a short amount of time. Everyone at HOBY was nothing less than extraordinary. I learned how to be a great leader and be kind to others. HOBY is a great place for students to come together and learn how to be a leader as well. HOBY was by far the best leadership seminar I have attended.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

life changing, motivational , OUTSTANDING and perfect are only a few words to describe HOBY. HOBY is a way of life thank you all for supporting and caring for the future of this world by empowering the youth to become better leaders now and in the furure ! Thank you! HOBY hugs !

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was such a great experience!!! Attending HOBY was definitely life changing and I strongly believe that more people should be given this opportunity!❤️

4 Aliza Marie V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have gone through HOBY as an ambassador and a second time as staff, and my role was Spirit leader. After going through Hoby once I didnt think it could change me more and yet it did!! My life has been changed by HOBY in so many ways! I met so many amazing individuals and i learned so many amazing lessons. I also made unforgettable memories that I will cherish for a lifetime ! HOBY IS OUTSTANDING

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HOBY was really a big life changer for me. It not only introduced me to so many wonderful people but it helped me realize what leader I can be and how I can bring a positive impact to the people around me. HOBY really brought me together to people I would have never even knew if it wasn’t for this Seminar. I thank god and the people who allowed me to attend this place, it really changed my life in a positive way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HOBY is by far one of the best, life changing, and emotional experiences that I have ever endured. When first starting the program I was told that it would change my life and that I would leave as a newly changed and positive leader. Of course I didn’t believe this, but on the first day I was able to learn so much! Not only was I able to learn about others and their experiences, I was also able to Truly find myself and truly get in touch with the better version of myself. All of the team building exercises and leadership trainings have allowed me to use those in my day to day life. I am currently working on promoting my High School Band to start using these exercises in order to bring my band together and truly create a more positive, efficienct and overall amazing Band. Without the HOBY experience, I don’t believe that I would be the amazing leader that I am today, and I thank HOBY for that

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Going through Hoby In 2016 was definitely a life changing experience! Before I went through Hoby I was a shy, reservered person who didn’t really want to go out and make friends. For those who think Hoby will be a waste of time after the weekend they will have a whole new perspective! Thank you to everyone who has helped me over the years within Hoby and I will be with Hoby for the rest of my life!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was such a great exoerience thhat helped me to get out of my shell and see just how much potential i have to succeed in my life. I definitely hipe many more students can have this experience as well!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came up here being skeptical thinking that it was going to be like any other leadership program where we sit down and get information go home but no I was wrong it was truly life-changing and I wish I could go back and stay there for longer than it was I learned a lot I made new friends who became family and overall I had fun so thank you for letting this be part of my life and for this being a thing that I could attend because it was truly a great experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been apart of HOBY for 10 years! Wonderful opportunity for all students!