World Leadership Congress (WLC)

Since 1968, HOBY’s WORLD LEADERSHIP CONGRESS (WLC) has been bringing students together from across the globe to discover their potential as leaders. Upon completing a Leadership Seminar, U.S. high school rising juniors have the opportunity to advance to HOBY’s next level of leadership programs. The WLC is open to international students ages 15 to 17. Each year, over 400 students representing up to 20 countries attend this unique week-long international program comprised of keynote presentations, speakers’ panels, interactive workshops, ­field trips, and community service projects. The curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from four perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, Leadership for Society, and Global Leadership. Students emerge from the WLC as more mature individuals, cognizant of the world around them, and ready to make meaningful contributions to society.