Ever thought about planning a CLeW? If you have, go for it! It’s never too late. Organizing a CLeW has been one of my favorite experiences with being involved in HOBY. The first step I took after pondering the CLeW page in our HOBY booklets was when I emailed a HOBY official with important questions. Next, I found help. I had recently moved into a new town so I had no idea who would be good candidates for committee members, so I emailed a nearby high school principal who was familiar with HOBY. He was oh so helpful and directed me to a list of adults who are very involved in the community, inspirational speakers, and other local HOBY alumni. Tip: Don’t be afraid to contact people. Call me crazy, but I contacted a whole committee and panel speakers without meeting them before. However, proceed with caution; you are smart.
- Once you have a committee decide when and where first. As soon as you have a place and a time, you can start advertising.
- ADVERTISE!!! Contact schools and friends. Create fliers; make it sound exciting. Even with contacting schools and putting up fliers we only got a handful of students.
- People are willing to help. Let’s not pretend I didn’t get rejected a few times, but most of the people I contacted were very willing to volunteer.
- Set deadlines. Once assignments are delegated to committee members set deadlines and push/aid your fellow members to follow through–even if it resorts to possible nagging.
- Background Checks? Any volunteer 18 years of age must complete a background check done by your local HOBY Corporate Board President. These take a while, so don’t procrastinate!
- Give yourself plenty of time. Some ideas may fall through, so you may need some rebound time. Service projects especially may take lots of time to prepare and gather supplies for.
I made so many friends through this CLeW, and I got to relive HOBY a little bit. There were definite struggles, but my tips should help prevent some of those. We played fun games, had snacks, laughed a lot, served, learned tons about leadership, and planning a CLeW may open up future opportunities for you. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.
When: September 10th, 12:00-5:00
Where: Hurricane High School (Teacher’s Lounge)
Who: Hurricane’s Freshmen
12:00- Check-in/ Icebreakers
1:00- Inspirational Speaker
2:00- Service Project*
2 :45- Leadership Activities
4:30- Life with HOBY Session
5:00- Departure/Clean Up
*For our service project we wrote “thank you” cards to local policemen, firemen, and veterans.
**The Panel topic was Leadership/Volunteerism/Service.
Ice Breakers: No smile game, 1-2-3 Look, Stingray, Swedish Twister
Leadership games: Eyes-Ears-Mouth, Anteater, Meet my Leader an Orange.