HOBY Alumni Spotlight #2

Phi Sigma Pi has a lot in common with HOBY, including Members! We want you to hear straight from them about why our organizations are so important to their lives.

Meet Sarah Smith. Although, you may already know her. She’s a HOBY CLeW Director, an Alumna of our Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Kutztown University and a Phi Sigma Pi National Staff Member as our Alumni Relations Coordinator. We asked her a few questions about her experience with both organizations and why she’s excited for the partnership.


Sarah Smith and the 2015 Program Committee

Sarah Smith and the 2015 Program Committee

What HOBY programs have you participated in and when?
2007: Central Pennsylvania Leadership Seminar  – Ambassador
2015: HOBY Volunteer Training Institute

Have you volunteered for HOBY​, where and what positions?
Central PA Leadership Seminar
2008-2009: Team Alumni
2010 to Present: Leadership Seminar Programming Committee Member
2013: WLC Selection
2014: Co-Vice Chair of Program
2014 to Present: Model Legislation/Capital Coordinator

Community Leadership Workshops (CLeW)
2008 to Present: Central PA CLeW Volunteer/Chair/Director
(11 CLeWs so far…will be adding at least 2 more this year)

Central PA HOBY Board of Trustees
2015: CLeW Director
2016: CLeW Director

Describe your HOBY experience. What have you learned, how have you grown, what did you take away from your HOBY participation and how have you used this in your life?
In 1958, Hugh O’Brian spent 9 days is volunteering in Africa with humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Before departing Dr. Schweitzer asked, “Hugh, what are you going to do with this?” Inspired, Hugh came home and two weeks later he created HOBY.

As a HOBY Ambassador this very question created a sparked a fire within me to recognize my own potential and to search for purpose in every opportunity. “Sarah, what are you going to do with this,” has become my personal mantra which empowers me find meaning in every experience.

I learned the true meaning of community service and that a real leader is someone who dedicates themselves in service to others, leadership through service. Because of HOBY, I am a better version of myself.

Through volunteering for HOBY, I learned that I have a passion for developing and energizing new leaders. I have been given the privilege to help change hundreds of lives each year. HOBY programs motivate youth to excel as leaders and make an impact in their communities.

How do you think HOBY and Phi Sigma Pi are alike?
One of the main reasons I was attracted to Phi Sigma Pi and ultimately joined was because our Tripod of ideals is very similar to HOBY’s mission and values. Phi Sigma Pi’s tripod guides Members to be lifelong learners, make a significant impact in their communities and build camaraderie. HOBY is one in the same: inspires youth (and volunteers) to promote positive change in their communities and workplace, to continue to excel and better themselves as learners and create meaningful and compassionate relationships with others.

Phi Sigma Pi and HOBY embrace diversity and they both value that it is our differences as individuals that make us strong communities of successful leaders.

Why are you excited for HOBY to be Phi Sigma Pi’s new National Philanthropy?
HOBY offers amazing programs that I wish all high school students could experience. Phi Sigma Pi can help bring the HOBY experience to youth across the country, as well as give Members exposure the HOBY’s ideals. Not only will Chapters be able to support HOBY’s programs, but individually, Members can get involved with HOBY programs locally. Members will be able to engaged and interactive with HOBY and see how their service is impacting and empowering youth! Through these significant volunteer opportunities Members will learn more about who they are as leaders and help inspire new generations of leaders.

What is one thing about HOBY our Members should know?
HOBY changes lives. HOBY creates a ripple effect by inspiring leaders to be a catalyst for positive change.

Are you a HOBY Alum and Phi Sigma Pi Member? Let us know at socialmedia@phisigmapi.org

One comment

  1. […] Hershey, PA this past March. It was organized and facilitated by our Director of Alumni Relations Sarah Smith (Epsilon Alpha Chapter […]

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