Leadership program

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  1. USNAhereIcome

    USNAhereIcome Member

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    Does anyone know anything about the Hugh o'brian youth leadership program?

    Is it worth doing?
    How good does it look on you application?
     
  2. time2

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    Paying $1,650 to attend a seminar is NOT an example of leadership. Someone was asking about a similar program recently. You don't buy leadership and most likely these type of paid seminars are money making businesses for those who run them.

    I doubt any college would consider this an accomplishment when anyone who can afford it would be able to register and attend.
     
  3. kinnem

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    I think the incurred are a selected few from the sophmores class. I don't think just anyone can attend. If I'm incorrect then I agree its not worth it.
     
  4. USNAhereIcome

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    I was selected by my school and don't have to pay anything for it my school pays for it
     
  5. eagleman

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    Although my school paid for it, it was not worth it. Yes it may get looked at on a resume since it has the word "leadership" in it (I say that with apprehension), but the seminar themselves did not teach me anything about leadership. I felt as if half the times we were making a craft or playing red light, green light and the other half we were listening to uninteresting people talk about the definition of a leader. One night we even had a dance which, as far as I can tell ,has nothing to do with leadership. It may we different depending on the one you go to, but my experience was not enjoyable.
     
  6. kinnem

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    If its free and you have no conflicts I would go. Gov Huckabee went. What do you have to lose. Sometimes you get out of these things what you put into it. If nothing else it adds to your resume since you have to be selected for it.
     
  7. Branno the Bronze

    Branno the Bronze USNA 2016

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    I was selected for HOBY and went my sophomore year. The only thing I learned from it were some irritating cheers we were forced to do at periodic intervals (if you go, you'll understand what I mean--and you'll hate the word "outstanding", too), and I'm fairly certain a couple of the speakers we had were pretty much frauds. Did it suck? Yeah. However, ultimately, I lost a weekend but probably got some points on my application. With appointments getting more and more competitive, you don't want to pass up an opportunity like this. Like kinnem said, you have nothing to lose by going. And who knows? It might make the difference between getting a BFE and getting a TWE in a couple years.

    Also, the fact that you were selected for HOBY is, in and of itself, a positive sign. Keep up that leadership and you'll be in great shape when it comes to apply!
     
  8. 1964BGO

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    HOBY (Hugh O'Brien Youth) program is reputable and of a caliber similar to Boys?Girls State/Nation in that they are selective and leadership oriented programs. They are worthwhile assuming you are going to put your sincere efforts into taking advantage of the opportunity to learn about leadership and our government.
     

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