Future Leaders of America

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Location: 2140 Eastman Ave. Suite 104 Ventura CA 93003 USA

Mission: In service to community, FLA provides leadership training, educational experiences, and promotes the personal development of Latino youth for the purpose of fostering a greater awareness and participation in responsible leadership in a global and democratic society. For the past twenty years, FLA has developed hundreds of volunteers, graduates of the basic leadership camp, who continue to implement their newfound skills and educate new groups of youth and parent participants. FLA teaches youth specific skills through a peer-to-peer mentorship model that helps youth: increase academic achievement, give service to their communities, and to reach out beyond their existing social group to participate in a broader range of social and cultural activities. Youth who complete the basic leadership camp, continue their involvement in FLA by participating in FLA clubs in their high school, attending staff training camp for volunteers, joining the cadre of volunteer staff to run future camps for new youth and families, as well as coordinating events and workshops in schools, local government, and universities.
Geographic areas served: Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ventura and parts of Los Angeles, California
Programs: Future Leaders of America (FLA), is a grass roots organization that builds resiliency in youth and strengthens families and communities through more than 30 formal and informal annual programs. Students begin the FLA experience in their freshmen year in high school. After students complete the Leadership Camp, they are eligible to attend an annual Staff Training Conference that trains students to move up the various levels of volunteer positions: A-team, Peer Facilitator, Facilitator, Intern, and Director. (4 day program in June and December)In addition to multilevel leadership training, FLA believes in a holistic approach to empower individuals and groups. This includes among many diverse programs, retreats on family issues, civic engagement, social justice, institutionalized racism, human sexuality, arts and culture. FLA partners with other community based organizations and colleges/universities to offer Enrichment Workshops such as: "Justice in America" held at the Ventura County courts & holding facility; "Latina Superwoman" held at Oxnard College; and "Cinco de Mayo con Orgullo" where students teach elementary school students to be aware of cultural symbols used to encourage underage drinking around this holiday. Each year, topics are selected based on the requests and the issues faced by the community served. (Fall, Winter, Spring)The teenagers who run FLA programs, have now brought their parents into the organization and have helped plan programs for them that inform and empower them as American citizens, and, as a consequence, help improve the lives of younger siblings. Family Leadership Conferences are held twice a year, from infants to grandparents, to help families bond and demonstrate support to one another (3-day camps in November and February). Parents learn to seek new resources, advocate for their children and be open minded to the vast range of opportunities available for their children and family in America.Parents are now organizing Parent Advocacy Groups in their neighborhoods with the assistance of FLA staff as trainers and mentors. These parents are taking night classes to learn English, running for positions in parent groups to address the causes of Latino underachievement, and becoming involved in promoting positive change in the governance of their communities. (December - May)

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The mission is solid and the results are amazing. they truly accomplish a great deal in helping students find their inner confidence, strength, talents, and drive to not only pursue higher education but thrive when they go to colleges and universities across the country. I went through it when I was in tenth grade and it changed my life for the better and I give back every year to make sure more students have the same great experience I had some time ago. I love this organization and hope that others soon experience it for themselves.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2003 to present

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more funding to make more programs available year round.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it's ability to show students that each one of them can be anything and they want to be then gives them the skills necessary to achieve their goals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful, caring, knowledgeable and enthusiastic!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

lower the drop out rates of minorities in schools across California, lower gang involvement, and increase Latino college applications dramatically!

Ways to make it better...

it lasted longer than four days.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization can be much greater with some updates to some of their work shops.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My work with Program Directors and Executive Director has shown me the professionalism this group promotes with respect towards others as primary action. The goals of self-actualization are set and conducted with the students through camps, seminars and regular meetings with emphasis on higher-level education. The functions I attended with students present provided a view of the camaraderie and fun the group instills.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the down-to-earth friendliness, caring and dedication to make a difference for youth.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

of high quality.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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