The Trever Eymard Charitable Endowment
On 17 July 2016, Trever Eymard, a native of Louisiana, established The Trever Eymard Charitable Endowment, and designated Louisiana HOBY as its supported organization.
Trever Eymard, became a part of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) as a high school sophomore. His first Louisiana HOBY conference instilled in him a great sense of his own potential, as well as an undeniable call for action. Trever has returned to the Louisiana conference for 5 of the last 7 years and now sits on the Steering Committee and Leadership Staff of the conference, which empowers roughly 150 exceptional Louisiana high school sophomores each year to change their communities, their state, and ultimately the world.
For 3 days each summer, students are exposed to thought leaders, a variety of career professionals, and are challenged to reflect deeply on their potential. 150 young people enter the doors of the conference each summer, and 150 young leaders depart. LA HOBY alumni have gone on to form local nonprofits, pass bills in the Louisiana legislature, and attend prestigious universities around the world. Alumni are also challenged to complete and log 100 hours of volunteer service in the 12 months after their conference.
It is Trever’s goal to grow this endowment to fund travel and conference expenses for as many attendees of as many HOBY conferences as possible, beginning with Louisiana HOBY. Louisiana HOBY is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and is an all-volunteer organization. No salaries are taken for the thousands of hours of work that goes in to changing young lives year after year. Trever has committed to funding $5,000 to this endowment over the next 24 months and to use the funds to pay for scholarships to attend the larger HOBY World Leadership Congress, described below.
HOBY International is one of the largest youth leadership organizations in the world with annual conferences in every U.S. state and 11 other countries. It was founded in 1958 by iconic western actor Hugh O’Brian, known primarily for his role as “Wyatt Earp.” Since that time, nearly 500,000 alumni have gone into the world from HOBY programs everywhere. Each year, 10,000 students participate in HOBY conferences run by 4,000 volunteers. Of those 10,000, roughly 400 outstanding young people are chosen from among each state or local conference to attend a week-long international conference called the World Leadership Congress (WLC).
As a past attendee, Trever says of the WLC: “This was the kind of experience movies are made about; I roomed with students from Korea and Saudi Arabia, grouped with still more from Taiwan and Germany as well as from all over the U.S. For seven days, I was exposed to the most groundbreaking thinkers in the arts of leadership and service. I was exposed to my own raw potential in ways that no other organization can come close to doing. I credit my WLC experience with lighting the fire for service within me.”
Trever went on to start a small business focusing on providing affordable leadership development opportunities to high school students. He is a past Board of Directors member of the Future Business Leaders of America and the Louisiana March of Dimes. He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area and works in finance.
To learn more about Louisiana HOBY, please visit www.hobylouisiana.org or www.hoby.org
For more information about Trever, or for volunteer opportunities, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org