SCORE Program Supports HOBY – Nation’s Leading Youth Leadership Program

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" has teamed up with the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) team to provide general business advice and support to HOBY’s nationwide network of volunteer affiliates. In addition, SCORE counselors will now be available to provide entrepreneurship presentations and programs at HOBY’s 70 local youth leadership seminars held across the country.

The SCORE Association is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. SCORE's national network of volunteer counselors includes more than 12,500 retired and working entrepreneurs and corporate managers/executives. SCORE volunteers are available to assist HOBY staff and volunteers in developing sound business planning and management practices.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, "SCORE is eager to help HOBY regional affiliates meet the challenges of daily business operations through our business counseling and training services.” Yancey adds, “And our support for HOBY’s youth leadership seminars with presentations on the free enterprise system is exciting for our retired and working volunteer business professionals.”

“We are proud of our new partnership with SCORE,” says Chris McCarty, president and CEO of HOBY. “Being able to tap into SCORE’s nationwide network will be beneficial for our volunteers working to further improve their affiliates. And having SCORE business professionals available for presentations at our youth leadership seminars will truly add a new, valuable dimension to our programs for high school students.”

Since 1958, HOBY has worked diligently to help young people make a difference and become positive catalysts for change – in the home, school, workplace and community. Founded by veteran actor Hugh O’Brian – known to millions for his lead role in the hit television series, “The Life and Times of Wyatt Earp” – HOBY’s mission is to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential. Each year, 10,000 high school sophomores attend HOBY three- and four-day leadership seminars held in every state, with more than 330,000 now alumni of the program.

Connect with a SCORE Business Counselor

SCORE volunteers are ready to help HOBY staff and volunteers with business questions, opportunities and challenges. Business counselors have varied backgrounds and offer expertise in areas such as business plan development, marketing, accounting, personnel, securing financing and managing business growth.

To connect with a counselor online, visit www.score.org. Ask SCORE, the 24/7 online counseling tool, allows entrepreneurs to search the extensive database of more than 1,200 SCORE online counselors. SCORE’s Web site also offers “how-to” guides, small business quizzes and a business toolbox with practical solutions and suggestions for overcoming business obstacles.

To meet a SCORE counselor in person, call 1-800/634-0245 or visit www.score.org/findscore to locate the nearest SCORE chapter. Call the chapter to schedule a counseling session or learn more about their educational workshops.

About SCORE

Since 1964, SCORE volunteers have provided counseling and training support to more than 6.7 million entrepreneurs. During SCORE's 40th anniversary year, the association was recognized for the work of its volunteer counselors at a White House reception and by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). In 2004, SCORE chapters provided nearly half a million business counseling and workshop sessions.

HOBY – A Partnership with America’s Youth

All across the country, volunteers, schools, students and alumni have caught the HOBY spirit. In 2004, thousands of men and women have participated or volunteered HOBY programs, making it America's premier youth leadership development program.

The HOBY program nationally reaches out to every public and private high school – as well as conducting HOBY-style programs internationally in Bolivia, Canada, Mexico, China, Korea, Taiwan and Israel. HOBY’s annual World Leadership Congress held in Washington, DC, attracts students from each of its state leadership seminars and more than 150 international students. This worldwide youth leadership “Super Bowl” is held each July. In addition, HOBY offers one-day Community Leadership Workshops for high school students across the country.

For more information on the HOBY/SCORE partnership, contact Chris McCarty, HOBY, 310-474-4370, mccartyc@hoby,org; or Padmini Rajagopal, 1-800-634-0245, padmini.rajagopal@sba.gov.