The Community Leadership Workshop (CLeW) is a one-day introductory HOBY leadership training for high school freshmen. CLeWs provide face-to-face interaction between freshmen students and distinguished leaders from all walks of life. Students participate in team-building activities, take part in community service projects, and listen to presentations given by motivational speakers and local community leaders. CLeWs are initiated and organized by HOBY’s own alumni and/or members of the community, and are sponsored by local service clubs or companies. 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.


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You can, by planning a HOBY Community Leadership Workshop (CLeW )– it’s easy! A CLeW is a one-day HOBY introductory leadership program for high school freshmen. Based on the success of its Leadership Seminars and World Leadership Congress, HOBY developed the CLeW to provide freshmen students with a stimulating experience that encourages their personal leadership development and community service. A typical CLeW is six to ten hours long, with 50-100 freshmen participants. The Workshop consists of panel sessions with distinguished community leaders; an interactive leadership development exercise; and a hands-on community service element such as a donation drive or service project.

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Every CLeW has a volunteer CLeW Chairperson and a community sponsor. Any person age 21 or older, including HOBY alumni, members of service organizations, parents, teachers or other individuals, can volunteer to be the CLeW Chairperson. And, younger volunteers can help too as the CLeW Assistants! The Chairperson will coordinate the CLeW with approval from the local HOBY Affiliate and CLeW Director. Working with the Affiliate is critical in order to be provided the CLeW manual and materials, insurance coverage and recognition for the CLeW and the students that attend. Once the HOBY Affiliate has approved the CLeW, the Chairperson will seek a community sponsor, such as a service club (e.g., Optimist, Women’s Club, etc.), local company, school district or university. Together, the sponsor and Chairperson build a volunteer committee to help plan and implement the CLeW. The committee will oversee various tasks, such as securing a facility, developing the program elements, recruiting students and facilitators, fundraising, publicizing, and implementing the workshop.


Where will the CLeW be held?

 The workshop will take place at Room 300 Fairfax Hall, Lord Fairfax Community College 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645.

When will the CLeW be held?

CLeW participants may register between 9:40 am and 10:00 am on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The CLeW will begin at 10:00 am and conclude at 6:00 pm. You must be present for the entire day.

Where should I go when I arrive?

From I-81, take exit 302 and turn towards Reliance Road/the McDonald's and turn right. The college will be on the right.
From Route 11 South, go 3 miles past the Family Drive-In Theater and the college is on the left.
From Route 11 North, travel through Middletown, approximately 1500 feet past Reliance Road- the college will be on the right.
A HOBY volunteer committee member will greet you and check you in.

What kind of program is planned?

During your HOBY CLeW experience, you will engage with dynamic leaders and participate in interactive activities. The program will not promote any specific political party, business, religion, or way of thinking; but it is designed to develop thinking skills by actively involving seminar participants in discussions and informal debate. 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 environment where you see a need.

What should I do about lunch?

You are responsible for your own lunch. None will be provided, nor will you be allowed off site for lunch. Please bring your own, non-perishable bag lunch for the day.

What if I need to take medication while I am at the workshop?

Please provide information about your medication on the Medical History Records Form and bring the Physician Medication Verification Form necessary medication with you to the workshop. Make sure to read and comply with the Policy for Use of Medication During a HOBY Event.

If necessary, how may I be contacted during the workshop?

Parents, friends, and family members are discouraged from calling students during the workshop due to the confusion created when meetings are interrupted. In case of emergency, your parent(s) or guardian may call Samantha Walsh at 540.303.2045.

What transportation arrangements have been made?

You are responsible for your transportation to and from the workshop. Please include all details of your itinerary on the enclosed Travel Itinerary for Students form.

What if I am unable to attend the workshop?

If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the entire CLeW, we would like to give another student the opportunity to attend. Please contact the person at your school who selected you, and follow up with a call to Samantha Walsh at 540.303.2045 so that we may adjust our records and obtain an alternate student from your school to attend the seminar.

Whom may I contact should I have additional questions?

Additional questions or concerns should be directed to Samantha Walsh at 540.303.2045