Events

Future Leaders of America (FLA) promotes the personal development of Latino youth by providing:

  • Leadership Training
  • Education
  • Community Involvement

FLA teaches youth specific skills through a peer-to-peer mentorship model that helps them:

  • Increase academic achievement
  • Engage in their communities
  • Reach out beyond existing social groups

Latino youth start their involvement with FLA in the 8th or 9th grade by attending an FLA Leadership Camp. Youth continue their involvement with FLA by participating in FLA clubs in their high school, attending Staff Training for volunteers, and joining the cadre of volunteer staff to run future camps for new youth.

Please be aware: Future Leaders of America is only based in Ventura and Santa Barbara County and does not sell magazine subscriptions nor sends students to gas stations and other public locations to fundraise money for its programs. Should you encounter this situation, please report this fraud to the authorities immediately.

Mission

Future Leaders of America provides leadership training, educational experiences, and promotes the personal development of Latino youth and families, for the purpose of fostering a greater awareness and participation in responsible leadership in a global and democratic society.

This vision expands to create a community where confident and equipped Latino students and their parents are empowered to engage in addressing the challenges of their community and society as a whole; and where cultural divides have been bridged by an appreciation of the rich blend of voices that makes this country special.

History

Future Leaders of America was a grassroots response to the low academic achievement, lack of parent involvement and limited civic engagement, among many Latino students and families, witnessed by Gilbert Cuevas, a school counselor in Oxnard.

Goals

  • To motivate students to excel academically and access college admission and financial aid resources in order to earn a bachelor's degree
  • To help underprivileged youth become leaders effective communicators, and positive role models for other youth
  • to instill an ethic of civic responsibility and the confidence to actively participate in the democratic process to better the lives of others

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