• The Future Leaders Institute (FLI, often called "fly") The Future Leaders Institute (FLI, often called "fly")


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Mission Statement

The mission of The Future Leaders Institute is to engage high school youth in generating and implementing visionary solutions for society. The Future Leaders Institute (FLI) guides and 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.

The Future Leaders Institute is guided by three key objectives: First, FLI seeks to provide the structure and guidance for high school students to realize their ambitions through innovative self-initiated projects that generate concrete actions in response to real-world needs. Second, FLI seeks to offer high school teachers the tools and methods to empower their students to recognize and address the growing needs of the modern world. Finally, FLI seeks to train and inspire educational leaders to effectively integrate social responsibility, civic engagement and collaborative leadership into classrooms, high schools and school districts.


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 nearly 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.

This year, FLI serves 78 students from four high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area: Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), ARISE High School, Gateway High School, and Skyline High School.




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