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Buehler volunteers with HOBY

Emily Buehler, BA ’07, assistant director of admissions, will be a volunteer leader at the HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership) World Leadership Congress, July 23-30, at Loyola University, Chicago.

The congress brings 400 high school students from around the world together with a mission "to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation."

Although not a HOBY alumnus, Buehler has become active in the organization. She was introduced to the organization by Matt Lambdin, director of experiential learning in the college of business, who has been involved with HOBY for
several years. He is the leadership seminar chair for HOBY Ohio West and this year has brought approximately 200 students and over 75 staff members to ONU for a four-day leadership seminar.  

Buehler says, “I have been a volunteer with HOBY for the last two years, primarily offering my time and energy to the local seminar hosted here at Ohio Northern.”
HOBY’s local seminars for high school sophomores are held all over the United States, with more than 9,000 students attending local or regional seminars each year.  

HOBY participants, or "ambassadors," are selected by their high schools, and receive leadership training, service-learning opportunities, and team-building experiences at the seminars.  

“This summer's local seminar will be my third HOBY Ohio West seminar, and I will be volunteering as a senior facilitator for a group of ambassadors, Buehler says. “I'm also the alumni advisor for alumni of the local seminar in Northwest Ohio, HOBY Ohio West.”

In addition, this year she volunteered to be part of the world conference. Following a selection process, she will be one of the nearly 100 volunteers from around the world who will help to run the conference.  

“I will serve as a facilitator, which means that I will be responsible for a group of
12-14 ambassadors who will be from all over the U.S. and the world.  I will be with them through their leadership training, service projects, team building activities, discussions and more.  I will help them process their experiences, grow in their leadership, understand themselves and the world better and insure that they're all happy, safe, and soaking up their time at the WLC.  I hope to learn from them, and I hope they learn something from me, too.  It's going to be quite an amazing experience,” she concludes.