Frequently Asked Questions
Where will the seminar be held?
The seminar will take place at Albright College, N. 13th & Bern Streets, Reading, PA 19612.
When will the seminar be held?
Seminar participants may register any time after 7 am, but before 8:30 am. The seminar will begin with Ambassador Orientation on June 14th 2019 at 9 am and conclude with Closing Ceremonies on June 16th, 2019 at 2:45pm. You must be present for the entire seminar, including overnight.
Where should I go when I arrive?
Enter the facility through 13th and Bern St. and proceed to the dormitories. A HOBY volunteer will be there to greet and check in your student.
What kind of program is planned?
During your HOBY Leadership Seminar, many dynamic leaders—all 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 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.
What are the accommodations like?
Participants will be assigned to dorm rooms with two participants in each room on floors reserved exclusively for the seminar. Bedding is NOT provided and the rooms get cold, therefore it is suggested to bring blankets. Toiletries will NOT be provided. Everyone will receive nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Breakfast will not be included upon arrival. On the Medical History Records Form, please indicate any special dietary considerations, including vegetarianism, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
What if I need to take medication while I am at the seminar?
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 form set). Make sure to read and comply with the Policy for Use of Medication During a HOBY Event.
If necessary, how may I be contacted during the seminar?
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 the Corporate Board President, Lori Cahill. The seminar will be chaperoned by qualified adults who will be staying at the facility 24 hours a day.
Who pays for the seminar?
Your school, parent, or a sponsor has paid a Registration Fee and will provide transportation to and from the seminar. If you are unsure if you paid the registration fee please email with your Full Name and High School. 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.
What should I wear at the seminar?
Friday morning/afternoon – business casual. Please note that some activities may require sitting on the ground outside. Examples include skirts, dresses, dress pants dress shirts, and shoes. Friday evening – casual wear for dance and team-building activity . Please note that the team-building activity will require a lot of moving. You may want to bring clothing comfortable to suit light athletic activity. Details on our dance theme will come shortly, so please check your email, Saturday (service project) – A HOBY t-shirt will be provided when you arrive. We will be doing outdoor work. Jeans and close toe shoes are required. We will have a Talent show that night and a chance to change into comfy clean clothes for the night, Sunday – "Sunday Best" business attire: skirts, dresses, dress pants, button-up shirt with tie, and shoes.
What about religious services?
Services will be available for students; there will also be provision for a non-denominational service and discussion group in the schedule. All ambassadors must sign up for one of the Sunday options.
What transportation arrangements have been made?
You are responsible for your transportation to and from the seminar. Please include all details of your itinerary on the enclosed Participant Confirmation Form. If you have last minute transportation problems, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I am unable to attend the seminar?
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 email email@example.com.
What about Parents?
Check out our Parents page for further information about the parents program and additional information.
Whom may I contact should I have additional questions?
Contact Us at firstname.lastname@example.org!