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Leadership Program

Dear Optimist Club President,

The most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves. Inspired by Albert Schweitzer’s words, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) has sought out, recognized and developed leadership potential in high school sophomores for more than 50 years. In order to continue this mission in Maryland, we need the support of concerned citizens like you.
Our local HOBY organization, the Maryland Leadership Seminar Foundation Inc., is in its 38th year of providing leadership opportunities for the young people of Maryland. Since our inception, we have provided leadership training for nearly 6,000 youth. Each high school in Maryland, public and private, is invited to select one sophomore “ambassador” to represent his or her school at our four-day seminar.
HOBY Maryland’s $102,000 annual budget is funded entirely by businesses, civic organizations and individuals. As part of this effort, we would greatly appreciate a donation on your part towards sponsoring students to attend our seminar, May 25-28, 2017. As an all-volunteer organization, we can guarantee that 100% of your donation goes directly to benefit those involved in our programs.
How Optimist Clubs Can Help
Student Recruitment – Please call your local high school’s guidance counselor or principal to make sure that a sophomore student does not miss this opportunity. Schools can find more information about registering a student by visiting
Volunteer Support – The HOBY State Leadership Seminar in your state is a 100% volunteer effort, and new volunteers are always welcome! Because there are a variety of opportunities available, you are sure to find a role that suits your unique talents and interests. Consider serving on the corporate board, the seminar planning committee, or as an adult facilitator for a group of students at the seminar. Other roles include assistance with student recruitment, program development, fundraising, and facilities and operations coordination.
Financial Support – Your contribution of a student sponsorship, meal donation, or gift-in-kind offering will help to support outstanding young leaders in your area. Financial contributions are also welcomed as they provide for materials, food and volunteer support not fully covered by the current registration fee. Our Career Lunch hosts sponsor seven students who converse with mentors.
Our local leadership team is comprised of an extraordinary group of volunteers who are committed to making a difference! We hope you and your Optimist Club will choose to join our local efforts. Your support will go a long way towards empowering young people to excel as leaders! EIN #: 52-1269293. Contact me for further information: or 678-667-HOBY (4629).
Tracy Wertheimer
2017 HOBY Maryland Seminar Chair

Click Here to download the Sponsorship Form.

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