The Issue: Lack of Leadership-Building Opportunities at Low-Income Schools
Students from low-income schools are frequently unable to participate in leadership-building and service-learning opportunities, as these programs aren't typically incorporated into the regular school curriculum. But leadership skills—including those focused on setting goals, problem-solving, and decision-making—are not only useful in day-to-day living, but are also crucial to success when it comes to gaining and keeping future leadership positions. Additionally, high school students who participate in service-oriented programs tend to demonstrate higher career aspirations, self-esteem, and community-awareness than those who don't.
The Campaign: Sending Youth to Three-Day Leadership Seminar
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership) California to help youth from L.A.'s lowest-income schools attend a three-day leadership seminar held at a local university in 2014. For every $400 raised, HOBY California can cover the costs for one student to attend the seminar, which includes two nights' housing, meals for three days, seminar materials, and event souvenirs, including a t-shirt, sweatshirt, and group photo.
Each year, more than 400 students participate in a HOBY California leadership program. These same students later participate in community service projects across the state, utilizing the critical-thinking, project-planning, and decision-making skills they learned at the seminars.
As students work to improve their schools and communities, they’re helping to fulfill HOBY’s mission—to inspire and empower youth to make a positive difference in the community, relying on understanding and effective, compassionate leadership. Along with service projects and other events throughout the year, HOBY California organizes four youth leadership seminars every June at local universities. HOBY is run entirely by volunteers, 95% of whom are recent alumni of the group's leadership seminars.