The Future Leaders Institute

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: PO Box 22598 Oakland CA 94609 USA

Mission: The mission of The Future Leaders Institute is to engage visionary youth in generating and implementing solutions for society. The Future Leaders Institute (FLI) mentors youth across the San Francisco Bay area, supporting them as they develop individual initiatives and employ social entrepreneurship in the face of the world's most pressing needs.
Programs: What if every young person could pursue their dreams in a way that created real solutions to our community’s everyday problems? They can at The Future Leaders Institute! The Future Leaders Institute (FLI) was founded in 2004 to engage high school youth in generating and implementing visionary solutions for society. Since its humble beginning of just 6 students at The Athenian School, FLI has moved on to serve over 600 students who have completed more than 75,000 service learning hours. Over the years students have raised awareness and funds for numerous causes and organizations in areas such as Education, Economic Development, Arts, Environment, Health, Poverty, Animal Rights and Technology. FLI is a 10-month program integrated into the school day which invites young people to discover their passions and to respond with action. The FLI Passion-to-Action™ curriculum and pedagogical approach is comprised of the most effective, research-based components of successful youth, education and service-learning programs. This curriculum has been developed over a decade of reflective practice and scholarly research in youth and leadership development, service-learning and education reform. FLI is a nimble organization that is aware of innovation and best practices in order to maximize upon each student’s ability and commitment to contribute in meaningful ways. In each of the 23 partner schools where the FLI program has been implemented, students have moved beyond the limitations of their current education and evolved as models of hope for their peers and those who helped guide them. Through the FLI Program, each FLI participant: * Articulates a personal dream or passion and * Identifies three possible projects that offer to create significant community benefit * Researches the feasibility and social return-on-investment of the potential projects * Selects and initiates the project with maximum projected social impact * Receives $200 to launch their FLI project * Creates and manages a budget * Identifies and interviews community leaders who have realized the FLI member?s dream * Publicly presents his/her community impact and legacy at the Final Community Presentation

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Rating: 5 stars  

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2012

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I wish I could have more than one role. I run a charity that hits on the same needs as the FLI, but a different age bracket. Let me say this, they have it right. Far too often with youth, organizations just want to teach the basics and move on. FLI's dedication to social impact and expansive empathy is top-notch. The team is also a joy to share a coffee with. Strong recommendation.

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Life-changing

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I was a participant in the program as a high schooler from 07-08 and I can say that FLI really taught me how to create tangible action steps in order to implement a project that benefitted the community. I believe in the mission of the organization and have volunteered at the Legacy Awards ceremony, where a number of the students are recognized for their work. It's inspiring to listen to the diverse projects that the students have created and the legacy and impact that it could and will have in the future. If you enjoy working with youth, then this is the place to volunteer your time and energy.

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Life-changing

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2012

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As a former board member, I have seen the power of The Future Leaders Institute to empower young people to do amazing things for themselves and for their community. This is a truly incredible program -one that I wish had been available when I was on high school.

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FLI is a wonderful program that serves youth by having them explore what is meaningful to them and seeing how they can use their passions to serve the world in a positive, real way. Rarely in life do we get this opportunity and for the students who go through this program (as well as the people they touch) it can be life altering as it can change the trajectory of their lives. I served on the Board for 4 years and saw the impact on 100's of students. I was, many times, touched, moved and inspired. I think that FLI can use more infrastructure and support from the communities it serves and that through this collaboration the program can produce even more outstanding results.

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2012

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The Future Leaders Institute was key in my life. It was the best experience I went through in High School and I would love to do it again! It was an amazing learning process that built the foundation to my education, career and life choices. Based on my experience through FLI I am a lot more confident in my life and career, and learning that early in my academic career was the most important factor for my future. I met so many wonderful people and I am so grateful. I learned everything from public speaking to budgeting, and all of the skills I learned still continue to help me today.

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Life-changing

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The Future Leaders Institute is a wonderful place where I learned to grow as a person and gain confidence in myself that I could achieve my goals; that I didn't have to wait to start helping others. FLI was the most inspirational experience of my life and without it I'd be missing apart of my personality.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2010

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Wonderful organization that allows children to recognize their potential and realize their passions into action. If youth realize that they themselves can change the world or able to live out their passions, they are already armed with a valuable asset that will allow them to lead productive self-fulfilling lives. FLI has a curriculum that allows them to realize their passions and then helps them live their dreams by providing a framework for these self initiated projects. They are also introduced to various professionals who provide them mentorship. I become inspired by talking and watching these kids grow.

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When I was young I had ideas for making the world better, but no concept of how to bring them to fruition. The Future Leaders Institute provides that structure and support to today's children, with an innovative curriculum designed to encourage and sustain positive social change. I am honored to be part of such a great organization.

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I was attracted to this organization because in my youth it was making the transition from "helped" to "helper" that truly allowed me to gain confidence in myself for the first time. I had had scholastic success before that, but never felt valuable despite that. Being able to make a difference in the lives of others was a crucial part of growing up and coming into my own. I love that Future Leaders Institute has developed a carefully crafted, tested and veritably effective to help scores of young people do something similar, guiding each to find their own way of making a contribution and then helping them do so. There are many great youth programs out there making a difference in the lives of young people. This one is unique in how it develops people who will make a difference in the lives of still more youths themselves with the projects and programs they also create.

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2012

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