Ambassadors


Q: WHAT KIND OF PROGRAM IS PLANNED?
A: During your HOBY Leadership Seminar, many dynamic leaders—all coming to HOBY Utah as volunteers from the fields of business, education, government, and other professions—will address aspects of our changing world and the challenges future leaders will confront. The program will not promote any specific political party, religion, or way of thinking; but is designed to develop critical thinking skills by actively involving participants in discussions and informal debate.

During the seminar, you will be asked to undertake a community service project(s) involving at least 100 hours during the year following your seminar, to make a difference in your school, community, place of worship, or other environment where you see a need. The program also includes outstanding speakers, leadership activities, social events, and a special closing ceremony to which your parents are invited.

Q: WHAT ARE THE ACCOMODATIONS LIKE?
A: Participants will be assigned to an Aspen Grove lodge with other participants reserved exclusively for the seminar. **You must bring a sleeping bag, toiletries, and your own towel. Everyone will receive nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The first meal served will be lunch on May 12. On the Medical History Records Form, please indicate any special dietary considerations, including vegetarianism, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Q: WHAT IF I NEED TO TAKE MEDICATION WHILE I AM AT THE SEMINAR?
A: Please provide information about your medication on the Medical History Records Form and bring the Physician Medication Verification Form with you to the seminar (documents are included in this packet). Make sure to read and comply with the Policy for Use of Medication During a HOBY Event.

Q: IF NECESSARY, HOW MAY I BE CONTACTED DURING THE SEMINAR?
A: Parents, friends, and family members are discouraged from calling students during the seminar due to the disruption caused to panels and activities. In case of emergency, your parent(s) or guardian may call Chad Saunders at (801) 458-7017. The seminar will be chaperoned by qualified adults who will be staying at the facility 24 hours a day.

Q: WHO PAYS FOR THE SEMINAR?
A: Your school or parent has paid a $195 Registration Fee and will provide transportation to and from the seminar. All costs for meals, lodging and training materials have been generously provided by sponsors throughout our state, including businesses, foundations, individuals, and service organizations wishing to support leadership education.

Q: WHAT SHOULD I WEAR AT THE SEMINAR?
A: Dress is casual throughout the weekend. Saturday is “dress-up.” You will be provided a HOBY t-shirt and there will be an announcement as to when you will wear the t-shirt during the weekend. Since we are in the mountains, a coat is needed.

Q: WHAT TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE?
A: You are responsible for your transportation to and from the seminar. Click here for directions to the seminar.

Q: WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR?
A: If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the entire seminar, including overnight, we would like to give another student the opportunity to attend. Please return these forms to the person at your school who selected you, and follow up with a call to Chad Saunders at (801) 458-7017.

Q: WHO MAY I CONTACT SHOULD I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
A: Additional questions or concerns should be directed to Chad Saunders, Leadership Seminar Chairperson.

Q: WHY IS THE PROGRAM LIMITED TO HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES?
A: High School sophomores are chosen because their age is critical in focusing on future goals and forming opinions for adulthood. In addition, they have the opportunity to create a “ripple effect” from their HOBY experience in their remaining high school years.

Q: WHAT KIND OF PROGRAM IS PLANNED FOR THE UTAH SEMINAR?
A: All discussions and presentations will center around the Social Change Model: Personal, Group, and Society Leadership.

Nearly fifty outstanding adult leaders from business, government, science, education, and the professions will provided stimulating ideas through questions and answer discussion sessions and elbow-to-elbow conversations. In addition, HOBY “ambassadors” will participate in thought-provoking activities that will enhance their HOBY experience. The emphasis will be on motivating the young people to make a positive contribution to their school and community and to be active, aware and responsible citizens.