Northern California Seminar

Photo: HOBY NorCal 2017

The 2020 Northern California Leadership Seminar is a three-day leadership development program which will bring together approximately 135 students from across the region. Local schools send representatives they feel are leaders or have leadership potential. Planned and executed completely by volunteers, the seminar is a motivational, hands-on program that includes critical thinking, mentoring, panel discussions, goal-setting, and project planning activities. Students learn individual leadership styles, group dynamics, and leadership in society–all with a focus on Leadership for Service to their communities. Students are challenged to make a difference now in their schools and communities, and challenged to perform 100 hours of service within the 12 months following their seminar, beginning with four hours of service during the seminar itself.

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Ambassador Info

The HOBY NorCal seminar will take place at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, CA from Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7, 2020. Ambassadors should plan to arrive in Sacramento no later than 9:30 a.m. on Friday and to stay until 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. All ambassadors and volunteer staff will stay overnight in the Sacramento State University dorms. General information about attending the HOBY leadership seminar can be found by clicking here.

2020 Seminar Junior Staff

Junior Staff is our umbrella term for all volunteers under the age of 21. Junior Staff applications for the 2020 seminar are now available! Please click here to access the 2020 HOBY NorCal Junior Staff application. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, November 30th. Questions about the Junior Staff application and selection process can be sent to Director of Junior Staff Ashley Whicher.

Academic All-Stars

Are you graduating high school or college in 2020? Are you a HOBY NorCal alumni or volunteer? Do you have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher? If so, get recognized for your success in the classroom as a HOBY Academic All-Star! You’ll receive a congratulatory letter, certificate of recognition, and an official HOBY honor cord to wear at graduation! Fill out your application here no later than Wednesday, February 12th 2020 to show your HOBY spirit at graduation.  

Seminar Planning Committee Members

Amy Martin
Leadership Seminar Chair

Julia Abelsky
Director of Recruitment

Megan Byers
Director of Staff

Natalie Fulton
Junior Staff Facilitation Lead

Martin Kyalwazi
Junior Staff Operational Lead

Ryan Miller
Seminar Planning Committee Member

Garrett Minnie
Director of Facilitators

Umar Momen
Director of Operations

Mary Najibi
Director of Social Media

Aarti Raj
Director of Program

Ashley Whicher
Director of Junior Staff

Tara Yarberry
Seminar Planning Committee Member

Seminar Location: Sacramento State University –  6002 J Street, Sacramento (June 5-7, 2020)