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Leadership Programs

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)

Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide sophomores selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.  For more information, contact Dawn Russell ( or visit:


Arkansas Governor's School

The Arkansas Governor’s School is a six-week summer residential program for gifted and talented students who are upcoming high school seniors and residents of the state of Arkansas. The program is funded by the Arkansas State Legislature as a portion of the biennial appropriation for Gifted and Talented Programs through the State Department of Education. State funds provide tuition, room, board, and instructional materials for each student who attends the six-week program on the site of a residential college campus, leased by the State.  For more information, visit:


Arkansas Boys and Girls State

Arkansas Boys and Girls State are immersive programs in civics education designed for high school juniors. Upon arrival at a Boys or Girls State, each participant is assigned a mock political party, city, and county. Throughout the week, delegates administrate this mock government as if it were the real government. Every phase of the program includes practical instruction on the duties and responsibilities both of a citizen and of public officials. Citizens of a are instructed in the duties of the various public offices. After they learn the function of each office, its powers and limitations, they function in that role throughout the remaining week.  Boys and Girls State delegates are selected by the faculty of Malvern High School.  For more information, contact Shelley Korsmeier ( or visit: or