Sunday, August 17, 2014

HOBY Training Institute 2014

Over the past weekend, volunteers from HOBY seminars from all around the United States headed to Houston, Texas for the HOBY Training Institute 2014(TI).  Volunteers learn and exchange ideas on best practices in program management and development, youth leadership training, fundraising, recruitment, marketing and more. The participants return to their home sites and resume their responsibilities with renewed enthusiasm and vision, and further train their site’s volunteers.

Marci Kolb, our Leadership Seminar Vice-Chiar, and Grace Wenzel, our Director of Programs each had their first TI experience.  We are proud of their exemplary representation of our site! 

From Left to Right:
Marci Kolb, ILCS Leadership Seminar Vice-Chair
Grace Wenzel, ILCS Director of Programs
David Mulvihill, 2013 HOBY Volunteer of the Year & past HOBY IL Corporate Board President
Victoria Self, ILN Director of Recruitment
Ashli Lagerhausen, ILN Leadership Seminar Vice-Chair
Marci(L) and Grace(R) with HOBY President/CEO Javier LaFianza 
Marci with our Superior Leadership Seminar, Corporate Board,
and Registration Fee Pilot Program Awards 
 Check out all the twitter buzz about TI!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

It's Jstaff application time for the 2015 seminar!

Want to be a part of the 2015 HOBY ILCS J-Staff?  Then you are in luck because the application is out now! 

Below are the expectations and requirements, review them and make sure to let us know if you have any questions.  When you are ready, click the '2015 Jr. Staff Application' tab or go HERE to fill out the application.  It is a few pages long, so make sure you fill out all the pages before you submit it.

Applications and letters of recommendation should be in by August 18, 2014.  Please contact our Leadership Seminar Chair, aka HOBY, Mama Hillary at if you have any questions!


HOBY ILCS 2015 Jstaff
Expectations and Requirements

  • Make every effort to attend at least 1 of the 2-3 Jr. Staff meetings and workshops.
  • Attend the All Staff Training Day in its entirety. To be held one month before the seminar.
  • Complete the Pre-Seminar Packet and Risk Management Quiz.
  • Maintain transparency and keep lines of communication open.
  • Be open and honest when conflicts arise. We are here to help you!

“Easy-Win” Requirements
  • Attend HOBY ILCS 2015 in its entirety, starting on Wednesday and running through 6pm on Sunday. Our seminar will be held at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL in June 2015.  The exacts dates will be announced soon.
  • Watch/participate in 1 of the 3 September Google On Air Hangouts.
  • Participate in a monthly check-in call with your Sr. Staff Mentor
  • Maintain an updated binder with staff info as it is sent out.
  • Issue a check for $20 for staff polo by 9/30/14 -- only if you do not already have one.
  • Follow HOBY ILCS on Twitter
  • Like the HOBY ILCS Facebook page
  • Be in the HOBY ILCS Staff Facebook group

“Meat & Potatoes” Requirements
  • Speak at at least 1 service club meeting.  An adult staff member must go with students still in high school.  For those who are out-of-state, a substitute requirement will be used.
  • Fundraise a minimum donation of $195 for HOBY ILCS.  $100 be turned in by December 1, 2014.  A staffers total donation must be at least 50% non-parent money.  So if a parent writes a $195 check, that person would need to fundraise $195 from an outside source equaling a total donation of $390.  
    • The goal of this rule is to try and ensure that any parent donation is less that $100(unless they want to donate more!) and that all staffers are putting in the same amount of effort and that no one is floating.
  • Complete and log 100 hours of L4S. 50 must be completed by December 31, 2014, no exceptions.  The remaining must be logged by June 1, 2015.  
    • For 2014 alums, the dates would start June 13, 2014.  This way it includes the seminar L4S project hours.  
    • For all other alums, the dates would start June 16, 2014.
  • Recruit and ensure the registration of  3 schools or 5 ambassadors.  Only one of the numbers needs to be met.  One student/school must be the Jstaffers home high school.  This must be complete by December 1, 2014.
    • All HS Jstaffers must get their school to send again.  These students must be registered by the National Priority Deadline.  
    • If multiple staffers go to a school, they each need to get a student.  So if there are 4 staffers, they need to get 4 students registered.  If more than 4 staffers go to the same school, then we would work with the older staffers to find a reasonable alternative.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bring HOBY to your school!

We are on the hunt for 10 different locations 
to host a mini 1-day HOBY, 
otherwise known as a CLEW!

The Community Leadership Workshop (CLEW) is HOBY’s introductory one-day leadership program for high school freshmen. A typical CLeW is six to ten hours long, with 50-100 freshmen participants, and focuses on leadership as a discipline to be explored and learned.

HOBY CLeW students interact with local community leaders, participate in group activities, and conduct community service projects. CLeWs are organized, developed, and implemented by local business leaders, civic groups, volunteers, and HOBY alumni.  There are no fees associated with attending a CLeW. 

We are looking for 10 different location across the ILCS territory to be host sites for CLEWs.  To nominate your school/community there are 3 simple steps to follow:

1- Rally your HOBY friends and form a CLEW Crew.  A CLEW Crew is a group of HOBY alums(any site, any age) who work together to plan and staff the CLEW. 

2- Decide what school/community out of the CLEW Crew is the best area.  Students from surrounding schools can attend the CLEW, so it's good to be centrally located.

3- You the contact form on the left to let us know you are interested!  Share who is on your CLEW Crew and what school/community you think is the best fit. 

If you are generally interested to help with a CLEW but aren't attached to a Crew, use the form on the left as well!  We will help find a location/role that works for you.

Friday, June 27, 2014

HOBY Hibernation


We are officially out of our HOBY Hibernation and working on a big announcement for Monday!  Start a countdown and follow along on social media for clues all weekend long.

HOBY Hugs!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

2014 Seniors

Let's take a time out from all the seminar hub-bub and congratulate our 2014 Seniors!

Each of you is so special and so important to us here at HOBY ILCS.  You are moving on to a new chapter and we cannot wait to read the pages you write!

Congratulations to you all! 

College Graduates
Marci Kolb, Butler University
Lauren Action, Millikin University

High School Graduates

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

We're in the homestretch!

I'd like to start by welcoming all our 2014 Ambassadors and their parents and guardians to our official blog!  I invite you to take a peek around our site.  Here you can meet the HOBY ILCS planning team, review seminar info, learn key dates, and even fill out your pre-seminar forms.

There is still so much to do and plan.  Remember, there are...

Friday, February 28, 2014

HOBY Connections: Illinois Edition VI

HOBY Connections: Illinois Edition VI

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What is HOBY?

Have you ever worn your favorite HOBY tee, had someone come up to you and ask what "hobby" is?  You may laugh it off, tell them the correct pronunciation, what the letters stand for and that it's a leadership camp.  But have you ever tried to move past the brass tacks of the seminar and think about what HOBY is?

Why is it so magical?
What makes it so impactful?
How is it replicated year after year, all over the world by people who have never met?

What is HOBY?

That's how I define HOBY.  But we want to hear from you!  As part of our HOBY ILCS Day events, we have a contest available exclusively to blog readers.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

HOBY ILCS wants you!

Are you over 21?
Are you free June 12-15, 2014?
Do you want to be apart of someone's aha moment?

If just said "yes" to your computer screen three times, then 
HOBY Illinois Central South wants YOU to apply for our 2014 HOBY ILCS Senior Staff Team!

The following is a list of requirements and expectations for both the 2014 HOBY ILCS Senior Staff.
  • Attend HOBY ILCS 2014 in its entirety, starting at 4pm on Thursday and running through 6pm on Sunday. Our seminar will be held at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL on June 12-15, 2014.
  • Make every effort to attend at least 1 of the 2-3 Jr. Staff meetings and workshops. 
  • Attend the All Staff Training Day in its entirety. To be held one month before the seminar. 
  • Complete the Pre-Seminar Packet and Risk Management Module by 5/10/14. 
  • Respond the question at the end of every All Staff informational email. 
  • Follow HOBY ILCS on Twitter 
  • Like the HOBY ILCS Facebook page 
  • Be in the HOBY ILCS Staff Facebook group 
  • Be open and honest when conflicts arise. We are here to help you!

So hurry up and hop to it!  There are only 5 spots left!
You can access the application through the tab at the top of the page.
Or you can click here to open the application in a window.