A movement of young leaders in Hawai’i, world-class and local, could make a literal world of difference.
Since 2003, the Center for Tomorrow's Leaders has been engaging, equipping, and empowering over 2,400 young leaders for Hawaii. Mahalo to everyone who has been part of our story!
In August 2013, Center for Tomorrow's Leaders became an independent non-profit organization.
CTL Fellows was our inaugural high school program — a select cohort of 20 public and private high school upperclassmen for advanced leadership training. The organization hit a major inflection point when former DOE principal, Caroline Wong, asked the visionary question, "What would it look like if this program could reach thousands across Hawaii?" Inspired by this challenge, CTL began offering leadership courses directly in public high schools, which met weekly with students — the CTL Ambassadors program was born.
The concept started to gain traction. People were interested in the idea of non-traditional student leaders, those who had potential but were not being invested in the traditional structure of leadership development: student government.
In December 2014, CTL saw the success of "The Canvas", a student project that is a collaborative student study space in Kalihi, and "Fahrenheit 73", a student project that crowd-funded over $20,000 for a photovoltaic air-conditioning unit at Campbell High School. The projects inspired the community and galvanized further action.
Since then, CTL has seen big growth in programs and great partnership with public high schools. Hawaii needs leaders, now more than ever, and CTL remains committed to engaging, equipping, and empowering young leaders for our home.