Future Leaders of Irving
About the program
Future Leaders of Irving (FLI) is a program for high school seniors committed “... to identify, educate, and develop our local youth to become future business and civic leaders by exposing them to the elements and operations of local government, nonprofit and businesses through introductions by appropriate role models.” The vision of FLI is to create future leaders who will have greater awareness of, participation in, and contribution to the local community.
FLI is timed to introduce seniors to these areas as they evaluate their college and career options. As a result of participating in the program, students have consistently broadened their views of the opportunities available to them. After each session students have reported an improvement in self-confidence, writing skills, public speaking, decision making, problem solving, leadership skills and personal growth as well as an expanded view of their education and career options.
Participants and Structure
Each school year, qualified young adults are chosen from the six area public high schools (MacArthur High School, Irving High School, Nimitz High School, Singley Academy, Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center and Ranchview High School) and local private and charter schools. The number of participants has grown from 20 in the pilot in Spring 2010 to 45 in the 2015-16 session, totaling more than 250 participants since its launch.
Currently, classes meet for a full day seven times per year, including a graduation ceremony with a keynote speaker. The curricula is a combination of team building exercises, community projects, onsite visits to local organizations, companies and governmental agencies that introduce students to environments few may have had the opportunity to experience.
The ethnic composition of the FLI groups reflects the diverse Irving student population.
Here are typical comments from participants:
- “I understand how the city of Irving is governed.”
- “I understand what the role of the City Manager is.”
- “I understand why it is crucial to plan now for our future needs for water and infrastructure through the next 50+ years.”
- “FLI helped me learn more about being a leader.”
- “Through FLI, I have more confidence in my daily life.”
- “As a result of my participation in FLI I am better able to plan my future.”
- “I would recommend FLI to other students.”
- “FLI showed me more opportunities for my future as a college student.”
United States-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation (USMCEF)
The mission of the USMCEF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to provide activities that promote an enhanced knowledge and understanding of the educational and cultural differences between the two countries in order to establish closer and stronger ties. The Foundation oversees educational and cultural exchange programs designed to develop business leaders of the future, infuse practical business knowledge into the academic realm and foment understanding between the neighboring countries.
Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the GILCCC is to create economic activity for Irving, advance more than 1,663 business investors who represent 145,000 employees and promote all of our members including five Fortune 500 global headquarters and eleven U.S. Small Business of the Year award winners.
Irving Independent School District
Mission statement: We engage learners to become critical thinkers, leaders and contributors in a diverse and competitive world. Our Vision Statement is, ”Excellence and equity for all.”
City of Irving, Texas
Irving, Texas is a city with more than 220,000 residents, situated between Dallas and Fort Worth. Irving is home to more than 2,000 corporations and 400 corporate headquarters including being the global headquarters of five Fortune 500 companies. Irving students are served by four independent school districts; Irving Independent School District and Carrollton-Farmers Branch account for the great majority of Irving’s students.
The YMCA is the nation's leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn grow and thrive.
U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce is the leading binational business organization working to build mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships in the Americas. The organization's mission is to promote business between the United States and Mexico.
La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation
The mission of the La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation is to improve the lives of underprivileged and youth in need through a variety of charitable programs including leadership development and higher education opportunities.
Irving Schools Foundation
The Irving Schools Foundation, Inc. was established in May 1985 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that seeks to maximize educational opportunities for teachers and students by funding projects and activities that are not within the budgetary guidelines of the Irving Independent School District and for which tax dollars may not be expended.
Contact us for more information.
Future Leaders of Irving
211 Mandalay Canal
Irving, TX 75039