Sophia Mitropoulos attended HOBY Maine in 2007 as an ambassador from Noble HS. Returning every year in Junior Staff roles - Sophia has been an integral member of the HOBY Maine team since her ambassador year. In 2012 Sophia became a Senior Facilitator, attended the HOBY Training Institute and asked to take on the Director of Recruiting position. Sophia is committed to making the registration process easy for our school partners, parents and students. Sophia graduated from Emerson College last year and now works in Boston at an advertising agency as a digital project manager.
When asked why she volunteers with HOBY Sophia said: "When you're 16 years old and trying to figure out who you are, you're highly impressionable. You're scared, and you're thinking about your future; what college you'll go to, what career path you think is right for you. You need leaders and someone to hold your hand to give you the confidence you're looking for to get you through the next two years in a small town. You need people to tell you running away from that small town isn't the answer to everyone's problems, but that getting away for a while isn't out of reach. HOBY gave me the confidence to move to Boston, but helped keep me grounded enough to understand that I was blessed to grow up where I did. It made me want to make an impact on my community, and helped me realize 16 year olds actually did have the power to do that."
Sophia's favorite leadership quote is: "When you're playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder. Show the world how much you'll fight for the winners circle. If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor." - Pat Riley
Sophia returns to seminar staff this year