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.  Only in December, class is on the first Friday.  Classes are from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., followed by an optional happy hour.

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 45 students to foster collaborative, participatory learning and to maximize interaction among students and presenters.

What is CLP’s track record?

CLP is a chapter of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, LPR, which has been training leaders in the core principles of our country and of free market enterprise for more than 25 years and LPR touts over 1,700 graduates leading in their communities.  The effort to advocate for the proper role of government in CT is greatly boosted by CLP’s inaugural class, 2019-2020, that included state legislators, town selectmen, and other top business and community leaders.  These soon-to-be-alumni are rebuilding Connecticut’s historically vital role in defending freedom, independence, limited government, and free enterprise – not overnight, or in a month, but forever.  We also have two current class members from Massachusetts.

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 has a yearning to make a difference to make lives better in their town and the state.  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, their involvement in community service activities, and a review of their understanding of our country’s core principles.

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 have the opportunity to become grounded in the timeless principles of our country, gain the tools in how to be more persuasive in advancing these principles and join a cohort of visionary, principled leaders across the state.  As a member of this high-caliber network, you will also be exposed to over 1,700 graduates who have attended the same program in Colorado.  Ultimately, you will get out of CLP as much as you put into it.

What is the cost of the program?

Regular tuition for the 2020 – 2021 class is $1,500.  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 on our website or you can request one by email at [email protected]. You can submit an application online, by emailing it to [email protected], or by mailing the completed application to P.O. Box 743, Old Lyme, 06371. Completed applications are due by July 31, 2020.

For questions and more information, or call 860.598.0370.