Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does CLP work?

The Charter Oak Leadership Program consists of nine full-day sessions, the third Friday of each month: September through May. Classes are from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., followed by an optional happy hour.

Many of the most recognized and respected experts in the country – including authorities on current events, leadership and the political process – lead each session.  CLP students are of extremely high caliber and each year’s class is limited to 35 students to foster collaborative, participatory learning and to maximize interaction among students and presenters.

Why haven’t I heard of this before?

Although the program has been in existence in the Rocky Mountain region for several decades, it is just expanding into this State, and 2019 will be the inaugural class. That is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for leaders who want to rebuild Connecticut’s historically vital role in defending freedom, independence, limited government, and free enterprise – not overnight, or in a month, but forever.

Is this a candidate training program?

No. Although many graduates have successfully pursued elective office, the program is not specifically about politics, but about building responsible citizen leaders across every sector of society.

Who can apply to CLP? 

Anyone may apply who is interested in making a difference in his or her community.  CLP seeks motivated, capable men and women from diverse professional backgrounds and from all geographic areas of Connecticut.  The criteria for selection into the program is an applicant’s real world and professional background, a review of their education, as well as involvement in community service activities.

What is the time commitment of the program?

CLP’s core class attendance is mandatory.  Three absences disqualify you from graduating. To supplement the core class curriculum, you will be asked to do outside reading and assignments over the course of the nine months.

What will I get out of CLP?

You will get out of CLP as much as you put into it. You will have the opportunity to learn the critical elements of freedom, ground yourself in the timeless principles of the American Founding, and be trained in visionary, principle-centered leadership to positively impact your community, and tools to be more persuasive. As a member of this high-caliber network, you will also be exposed to over 1400 graduates who have attended the same program in Colorado.

What is the cost of the program?

Regular tuition for the 2019 – 2020 class is $1,200.  The actual cost per class member is $6,500.  As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we are fortunate to have a Board of Directors and other donors who make large financial contributions in order to substantially subsidize the cost of the program for our members.

Are scholarships offered?

Yes. Partial scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis and require a “scholarship request” letter to be submitted with your application, explaining why you should be considered for a scholarship. If you are awarded a partial scholarship based on your application and entrance interview, you will be informed of it upon your acceptance into CLP.

Do I need to be nominated for CLP?

No. However, each CLP application requires two letters of recommendation from people who can elaborate on your leadership skills, leadership potential, character, sphere of influence, etc.

How do I apply?

Applications are available anytime on our website [click here] or request one by email to [email protected]. Completed applications are due by August 2, 2019.

For questions and more information, or call 860.598.0370.