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
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.
The Future Leaders Institute provides at risk youth with the chance to change their lives and affect positive social change. This organization provides the education and resources necessary to help students connect their passions and dreams with a realistic entrepreneurial goal.
This organization leads to inspiring outcomes, and needs to become part of our youth development landscape in more than just the 10-15 schools in which it exists! I have seen the impact again and again, and I'm impressed with how much they have accomplished during these tough economic times. Bravo!