Daniel Panaro is Recognized as a Leader
The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) was founded by actor Hugh O'Brian in 1958 after Dr. Albert Schweitzer impressed upon him that "the most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves.'
Their mission is to inspire and develop a global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. The programs are conducted annually worldwide and serve high school students by providing them with unique leadership training, service-learning, and motivation-building exercises.
More than fifty years later, HOBY Leadership Seminars around the world continue to motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference in the global society through understanding and action-based, compassionate leadership.
For over forty years, HOBY New York Metro has furthered HOBY's mission by hosting an annual three-day leadership seminar at a local university campus. Each year, our seminar hosts over 150 student ambassadors, selected by their high schools, to represent the best young leaders from New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland.
Each high school is allowed to nominate one 10th grader to attend. Hauppauge High School (HHS) sent Daniel Panaro to this year’s Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Forum, which was held at Adelphi University from June 8-10, 2018.
At HHS, Daniel Panara is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, the Robotics Club, Mock Trial, and the Chess Club. Mr. Panara has his sights set on going to college to study Engineering.
When asked about the HOBY Forum, Daniel said, “It was fun to meet like-minded people. I learned a lot about myself.”
During the HOBY Leadership Seminar, many dynamic leaders, all volunteers from the fields of business, education, government, and other professions, addressed aspects of our changing world and the challenges future leaders will confront. The program was designed to develop critical thinking skills by actively involving participants in discussions and informal debate. During the seminar, participants are asked to undertake a community service project involving at least 100 hours during the year following the seminar, to make a difference in the school, community, place of worship, or other environment where there is a need. The program also included outstanding speakers, leadership activities, social events, and a special closing ceremony to which parents are invited.
The program is designed to help sophomore high school students recognize their leadership potential by giving them opportunities to interact with community leaders, participate in leadership workshops and team building exercises, and meet and befriend other dynamic students.
Today, over 375,000 passionate alumni make HOBY stronger than ever. HOBY alumni are leaders in their school and communities, making a difference for others through service. The HOBY NY Metro chapter has over 5,000 alumni and is proud to further the HOBY mission and uphold our core values of volunteerism, integrity, excellence, diversity, and community partnership.