HOBY’s annual international youth leadership event, The World Leadership Congress (WLC), is a dynamic leadership program that brings together students (or “ambassadors” as we like to call them here at HOBY) from the U.S. and abroad.

This group of over 400 ambassadors comprised of U.S. high school students and international students from all four corners of the globe convene for a week-long, life-changing, educational and leadership skills building program.

HOBY’s World Leadership Congress is designed to allow students to discover their own personal leadership potential while becoming responsible and responsive global citizens.

Participating students have the opportunity to engage with thought-leaders in a wide variety of fields. They also participate in hands-on leadership learning and activities in addition to service opportunities throughout the week. After the week long program, students leave inspired and motivated to articulate and accomplish their goals as well as make positive changes in their local and global community.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has placed the WLC on its National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2015-2016.

HOBY strives to provide the WLC leadership development opportunity to as many students as possible.

In 2015, two of South Dakota’s youth attended the event in Chicago.

Dates & Location

The 2017 WLC will be held July 22 – 29, 2017
at Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL USA.

There is an optional Post WLC Tour available to participating students July 29 to July 31, 2017 for those students wishing to stay on and visit the sites of Chicago.