Social entrepreneurship is a major area of interest in many social and civic organizations and has a significant impact on many areas of society. For those of you who are too young to recall what happened in Chernobyl, let me recap. In 1986 Reactor 4 of the power plant exploded into the air and the resulting radioactive fallout forced 350,000 people to leave their homes forever and contaminated large parts of Europe for centuries to come. The fire business plan burned uncontrollably for 9 days and released 100 times the radiation of the Hiroshima bomb. The then modern city of Pripyat, which was only 4 kilometres away, was evacuated a day later. Most of the 50,000 inhabitants of the city were plant workers and their families. The people were told to pack lightly, as the evacuation would only be short-term. They never returned and now the town has an abandoned ghostly atmosphere that is frozen in time.
The goals of HOBY is to help youth in the United States sharpen their leadership skills and to achieve their highest potential as human beings. Those are quite lofty goals! It serves approximately 9,000 high school sophomores in the United States annually. Each of these sophomores is chosen by their high school to participate. Only one sophomore is chosen to attend the HOBY Leadership conference each year from each high school. Those considered for this honor should have some or all of the following characteristics: good oral or written communication skills, the ability to think creatively, good decision-making skills,sensitivity to the needs of others, a charismatic personality, the courage to speak out for his or her beliefs,the courage to challenge authority and participation in community service.