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HOBY volunteers doing good in the community

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216 students did various services project in communities that surround Ada as part of the Seminar. 216 students did various services project in communities that surround Ada as part of the Seminar.

What does it take to be a good leader?  Juniors from across northwest Ohio and beyond put in the work to find out. 

Sweeping, cleaning windows, and washing down Ada Liberty Township firetrucks, may not be the typical afternoon for most teenagers, but for these students taking part in the annual Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar, these tasks demonstrate what makes a good community leader.

Evan Roebke HOBY volunteer from Kalida says, "I think it ’s a good opportunity because we get to serve our community and we get to learn things like this. Like I never think of volunteering at a forestation to help them.  But it’s just an amazing opportunity to see a bunch of people come together and accomplice a common goal.”

216 students did various services project in the communities that surround Ada as part of the Seminar.  This part of the 4-day event gives the students a chance to better understand the impact one person can make in the area they live in. 

James Massara of HOBY Ohio West Region says, “As a leader, you want to serve others and what better way to learn how to serve your community in a physical way than going out and doing it and making the impact on the community that we are in.  We are so grateful and so lucky to be in an area like this, where we have a great university that hosts us for the past couple of years and great communities around that let us come and help them”

The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar Leadership Seminar give students going into their Junior year, the opportunity to take part in unique leadership training, that focuses on service-learning and motivation-building experiences, in which organizers believe begins a lifelong dedication to improving the lives of others.  Throughout the seminar, the students grow and learn that there is more to being a leader.

Alotus Wei HOBY Volunteer from Shawnee says "Before I thought a leader meant just speaking what you think.  But it is also about listening to other peoples views and try and trying to understand.  A lot of the skills that they had us do is collaborating as a group and listening to other people and understanding their point of view."

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