Program Description

Tomorrow’s Leaders Today is for high school juniors* interested in developing their leadership skills, exploring potential careers, and learning more about how communities work and how citizens participate to shape and improve them.

Throughout the school year, TLT participants attend one program day a month that will allow them the opportunity to learn about current issues, meet leaders in and explore opportunities among a variety of fields, including:

  • Human Services  (September)
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources (October)
  • Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement (November)
  • Health Care (January)
  • Government (February)
  • Environment & Natural Resources (March)
  • Entrepreneurship & Technology (April)

We begin the year with full-day Retreat to build a foundation for the year ahead. We also include a fun Financial Literacy component, and end with a Graduation celebration.

Application Process

The application process is designed to help TLT learn about students’ motivation and interest in leadership development, and their desire to influence and give back to their communities.  Our goal is to create a group of students who will benefit from this experience, as well as contribute to the TLT program and to communities now and in the future.

*Most students apply to be in the program while they are in their sophomore year of school. On a pilot basis, students from Cloverdale, Healdsburg and Windsor high schools may apply to the North Class during their junior years as well. Contact the TLT Coordinator if you have questions.

Applications are now digital and the link can be found on the Application page of this website and by clicking here. There are NO recommendation forms due at this time, applicants will be invited to submit a letter of reference in the second phase of the application process.

 

The application consists of a student information section and a questionnaire. It is recommended that you write the answers to the questions in a document before filling out the application, then copy-pasting into the application.

The questionnaire consists of five questions, each with a character limit of 1500 (including spaces). The application questions are as follows:

1: Why are you applying for TLT and what do you want to gain from the program?

2: Tell us about a personal accomplishment that makes you proud.

3: From your own experience and knowledge, what does a good leader look like and do?

4: What problems (in your school, neighborhood, community, etc.) would you like to learn more about and/or address?

5: In what ways have you served your community & why was it important to you?

Tuition

The no-refundable TLT tuition is $650 which helps to offset the costs of staff time and materials required to operate the program. Tuition can be paid all at once or in installments, but must be paid in full by December 1st.

Tomorrow’s Leaders Today is committed to ensuring that qualified young people can participate regardless of their family’s ability to pay tuition.  For that reason we have established a scholarship fund and award financial assistance based on need.

TLT offers assistance of between $100 and $550. Scholarships are awarded based on family income, size and other factors related to a family’s ability to pay, as well as the financial assistance funds available. The Scholarship Application is included in the application packet.

A $100 non-refundable deposit must be paid by all TLT students upon ACCEPTANCE into the program in May. 

Selection

Each applicant will be interviewed and selection is made based on their application, references and interview.

Applicants are selected without regard to race, creed, ethnicity or national origin, socioeconomic status or ability to pay, disability, gender identity or expression, or other protected factors.