Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership: The First Fifty Years

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The words and pictures of more than fifty years of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is presented by author Julie Walke, in celebration of the organization’s birth, growth, and rise to greatness. Hollywood actor O’Brian started HOBY in 1958 after he traveled to the African jungle hospital and met the inspirational Nobel prize-winning Dr. Albert Schweitzer. HOBY has helped to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders by inspiring a global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs annually provide nearly 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 and over 365,000 alumni proudly make up the HOBY family. Further information may be obtained at