HOBY International designed and developed the Community Leadership Workshop or CLeW program in 1989 to provide outstanding high school students with a one-day, HOBY-style experience. The purpose of the CLeW is to introduce even more students and communities to the HOBY philosophy through a program that is less restricted by costs and logistics than HOBY’s other programs. As of the 2007 program year, CLeWs became targeted to high school freshmen only, furthering HOBY’s mission to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities.


The CLeW for this program year was held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Hopkinton Middle School. This one day community leadership workshop is provided for freshmen in high school. Many thanks to the Hopkinton school administration for generously agreeing to sponsor this workshop!

The 55 students in attendance represented 11 schools. The program for the day was run by members of the MA HOBY staff. Each speaker made a presentation which encouraged questions and participation. The topics covered were Bobby Arruda, on The Golden CIrcle; Tori Landry, on verbal and nonverbal communication; Julia Molinaro on personal leadership and Christine Elmore on implicit bias. Nishant Joshi gave a presentation on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and led an activity where the students made cheer cards to give to the patients at the hospital. The staff also led team building activities and facilitated group discussions. The students also learned about the various programs that HOBY offers. The students said that they learned a great deal and enjoyed making new friends and extending their network.

The CLeW Chairs were Colette Fritsche and Matt Gross. The CLeW DIrector was Gail Elmore who is also the MA HOBY Corporate Board President. The facilitators were Christine Elmore, Ifrad Islam, Nishant Joshi, Julia Molinaro and Sara Petersen. The junior staff were Sofia Lappas, Andrew Deng, Emily Fernandes, Zack Bergeron and Annalisa Molinaro. Many thanks to these hard working volunteers who made this very successful CLeW possible!