Ohio HOBY was organized in 1977 with the first seminar being hosted in Southwest Ohio in 1995. Currently we are one of four state-level Ohio programs with a committee comprised of volunteers from corporate sponsors, civic organizations, and HOBY alumni. Each June sophomore students from high schools across southwest Ohio, known as ambassadors, as well as many volunteers come to Urbana University, a total of 250+ ambassadors and volunteers. The four-day weekend Leadership Seminar exposes them to unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experience.

The Southwest Ohio HOBY Leadership Seminars allows high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Students attend three- or four-day seminars and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to make a positive impact in their community. The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society.

Every high school in the Southwest Ohio area (any accredited school, public, private, charter, virtual) is invited to select and send at least one sophomore to an exciting weekend of fun activities and new experiences.