Community Leadership Workshop

The Community Leadership Workshop (CLeW) is HOBY’s free, introductory one-day leadership program for high school freshmen that is designed to help develop critical thinking skills by actively involving participants in experiential learning and critical dialog. HOBY CLeW students participate in group activities, engage with local community leaders, and conduct community service projects. CLeWs are organized, developed, and implemented by local volunteers, HOBY partners, and HOBY Alumni. Some schools nominate freshmen to attend, but any Connecticut high school freshman may apply independently of their school.

If you are interested in registering for a CLeW, you can register here.


Login information will be sent out the weekend before the workshop.

During your HOBY CLeW experience, you will not engage with dynamic leaders and participate in interactive activities. The program will not promote any specific political party, business, religion or way of thinking; it is designed to develop thinking skills by actively involving seminar participants in discussions and informal dialogs. During the workshop, you will be asked to become part of HOBY’s commitment to “Leadership for Service” and use your leadership abilities to make a difference in your school, community, place of worship, or other environments where you see a need.

CLeW is an entirely free program.

Students will have a 30 minutes lunch break during the program as well as additional short breaks throughout the program.

If the circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the entire CLeW, we would like to give another students the opportunity to attend. Please contact the person at your school who selected you, and follow up with an email to, so that we may adjust our records and obtain and alternate students from your school to attend the seminar.

Additional questions or concerns can be directed to

With your parents or guardian, carefully review, complete and sign the registration forms. Act now, as each workshop is limited to 50 participants!