Our Story

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.


McKinley Class of the Year
CTL is developing a pipeline of young leaders for Hawaiʻi, who will lead with character, competence, critical-thinking, courage & community. I’m inspired every day to see our young people take ownership for our state’s future. The best is truly yet to come!

- Katie Chang

MAJOR MILESTONES

Fellows Program founded

Katie Chang becomes Executive Director

Ambassadors Program launched at Pearl City High School

1st EMERGE statewide student leadership conference hosted by CTL

CTL Ambassadors Program expansion to Lana'i island

CTL becomes an independent non-profit

CTL Student Projects Gain Traction

"Raise Your Hand" monthly student column is launched in partnership with the Star Advertiser

CTL Ambassadors Program expansion to Hawai'i Island

CTL Unfold summer mentorship program launches

1st year of CTL Vision Lab - showcasing student statewide pitch finals

CTL Ambassadors Program expansion to Kaua'i island

CTL Vanguard Program launched

CTL Ambassadors expansion to Maui island