Fellows Program Expectations

Fellows Program Expectations

Due to the rigorous nature of the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders Fellows Program, students and their families are expected to review and agree to the following Program Expectations prior to submitting their application.


  • CTL Fellows commit to making the CTL Fellows their priority extracurricular activity. The CTL Fellows program was designed for busy students. The bulk of the time commitment comes in the form of 1) Fellows regular sessions and 2) project development time.
    • Fellows meets bi-weekly Monday for 2.5-hour evening sessions. Bear in mind that you will also need to work on a community leadership project as part of the program, which falls outside of regular session time and roughly equates to 2+ hours of additional work per week.
  • Students will be allowed to miss no more than two (2) days of scheduled CTL activities. Please note mandatory dates noted on the Program Schedule. Requests for absences excused or otherwise must be made by both the student and parent/guardian. More than two absences will result in discussion for dismissal from the program.


  • CTL staff and project coaches will use email and text as the primary means of communication. I understand that I must check email and text regularly to ensure timely responses within 48 hours. Lack of communication is subject to discussion for dismissal from the program.
  • I understand that during the program the CTL Fellows are representatives of the organization, and will follow the protocol outlined during the program for appropriate communication with stakeholders and project partners as such.


  • Each year, the Fellows cohort is divided into project teams and tasked with designing a project that will allow them to apply leadership lessons learned in real time, tackling some of Hawaii’s most pressing challenges. Each Fellow will take the lead on a specific project role. Projects are advised by a volunteer project coach. Lack of follow-through on projects is subject to discussion for dismissal from the program, and Fellows are required to complete their project in order to officially graduate from the program.
  • I understand that the CTL Fellows project requires meetings with the team and work outside of our regularly scheduled Fellows session times. I am expected to follow-through on all our project assignments as designated by the team and project coach. I will turn in assignments on time, execute my project team role, communicate well with the team, and conduct myself with integrity and professionalism throughout.


  • The Fellows program represents one of the most diverse leadership programs in the state, bringing together exemplary young leaders from private and public schools, across different communities, throughout Hawaii. Fellows will commit to treating each member of the cohort with respect and kindness, and will respect differences in opinion.
  • Fellows will have access to Hawaii’s foremost corporate, community, and civic leaders. Students are expected to conduct themselves professionally and come fully prepared to engage.
  • For Fellows sessions, special retreats, guest speaker interviews, project time, etc. CTL Fellows are expected to complete all advance assignments on time, and come fully prepared to take fullest advantage of the opportunities provided. This includes, but is not limited to, preparing and asking questions, participating in roundtable and other discussions, dressing professionally as required, contributing to group activity work, conducting advance research.


  • While the program is open to qualified students regardless of belief or religious affiliation, I acknowledge that the CTL’s frame of reference is historic, Biblical Christianity.