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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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.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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FLI is exceptional youth development organization. But it's not like any other. They go above and beyond. While small, they are top-notch at what they do programmatically, and do not cut corners. They are extremeley successful at building a solid base of positive and productive young citizens committed to and capable of creating a better world. The youth they serve typically come from lower-resourced communities, and they are each given the support, mentorship and structured guidance to create a real-world project doing something they dream of doing in a way that creates a tangible, lasting difference in the world. I know of no other organization that does this so successfully. To learn more, please visit: www.thefli.org. There's also a short, informative video about FLI here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBvZmVT2Ufw

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

I've served as a mentor, donor, advisor and now long-time friend to the organization. I cannot recommend The Future Leaders Insitute enough!

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

Get the word out to more foundations and individuals who are intersted in leaving a powerful legacy. This organization needs more financial backing.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

They "build bold humanitarian leaders" through real hands-on projects from start to finish. Each student leaves a powerful legacy that is meaningful to them. They dream it up, meet mentors, create the project, learn how to manage the budget, marketing, organizing... everything. It's quite astonishing!

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