CLeW - Getting Ready

Once you are registered to attend a CLeW, get ready for an amazing adventure!  You will join other freshmen from your community to engage in activities and panel discussion focusing on Education, Volunteerism, Entrepreneurship, Media and the Future of the United States.

When and where will the programs be held?

The Community Leadership Workshop (CLeW) is a one-day program that can take place at any time during the year. High schools are invited directly by the planning committees to select freshmen students to attend. The number of schools and students invited to participate in a given CLeW is determined by the committee. Contact your local committee for dates and locations.

What is the cost to attend and how do I register?

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from all HOBY events.

There is no fee to attend a Community Leadership Workshop (CLeW). If you are currently a high school freshman, ask your school counselor or principal if your school has been invited to participate in a CLeW taking place in your local community this year.

What should I expect when I get there?

You can expect:

  • To be exposed to important ideas, including opinions that may differ from your own
  • To interact one-on-one with decision makers in education, government, business and other professions
  • To jump in and discover more about issues impacting you and your community
  • To be challenged to be a person who succeeds in making a difference to improve your community
  • To be challenged to commit to 100 hours of volunteer service in the next year to help make your community stronger, any way you believe you can
  • To make new friends who are also committed to making a positive difference in this world
  • To get less sleep than you’d like
  • And to have more fun than you ever expected!

Also, you should NOT expect to be told what to think or to coast, cruise, or let others do the work. From the moment you attend a HOBY program, you will be treated like a leader and encouraged to think critically about a wide range of issues that impact your life and the world.

What if I am registered and then unable to attend?

If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the CLeW, please let your school counselor know so that they may be able to send a student in your place.

What happens after I am registered?

Once you have been registered for a HOBY CLeW, you will receive more detailed information about what to bring and what to expect. The planning committee will send this information to you approximately 6 weeks before the event – the information may come via US mail or via e-mail, so be sure to watch for it. Make sure to mark the program dates on your calendar and get ready for a memorable experience!



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