Southern California Seminar

The HOBY California South Leadership Seminar is a three day leadership development program which brings together students from over seventy schools across Southern California. HOBY Ambassadors are high school rising juniors chosen to represent their communities while developing their leadership potential at HOBY seminar. 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. Each summer, our ambassadors 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 over four hours of service during the seminar itself.

The 2023 HOBY Southern California Seminar will take place at the University of San Diego, beginning the morning of June 23th, and running through the afternoon of Sunday June 25th. To register a HOBY Ambassador for the summer of 2023, visit the registration portal. Questions about registrations or the seminar can be directed to

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HOBY CA South Planning Committee Directors

Zachary Nelson – Leadership Seminar Chair

Jillian Howell – Director of Programs

Matt Matusiewicz – Director of Staff

Jane Duran – Director of Junior Staff

Jacquelyn Dilley – Director of Facilitators

Damian De Casas – Director of Operations

Salma Rocha – Director of Public Relations and Media

Mikayla Loquist – Director of Volunteer Experience

Zachary Nelson – Director of Recruitment

Matt Matusiewicz – Director of Fundraising

Seminar Location: The University of San Diego (USD)

We are grateful to host the HOBY Southern California seminar in partnership with the University of San Diego. Temperate coastal weather in combination with the beautiful USD campus allows for a jam-packed seminar without sacrificing the comfort of our ambassadors and volunteers. This year, all of the dorms provided to HOBY programs at USD are newly renovated.