One interesting facet of the program is the life it takes on after the closing ceremonies. Many alumni keep in touch long after their program has ended. Some set up chat groups and schedule reunions. Lifelong friends and learning partners are established. And the bonds created through the program are not limited to the participants. The leadership advisers and CCL staff members also become close during the week, and many schedule reunions and e-mail each other regularly after the program is over.

Participants are also encouraged to reach out to the sponsors who provided them the opportunity to participate in the program. For example, each year John Alexander, CCL's president and CEO, receives thank-you cards and letters from ...

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