Future Leaders of Irving

About the program

Future Leaders of Irving (FLI) is a program for high school seniors designed “... 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 to 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 Spring 2010 pilot to 45 in the 2016-17 session, totaling almost 300 participants since its launch.

Classes meet for a full day six times per year. The curricula is a combination of team building exercises; group projects benefiting the community; onsite visits to local nonprofit organizations, companies and governmental agencies. Through the monthly class sessions (October through March), students are introduced to people and environments few may have had the opportunity to experience. Among the community leaders FLI participants meet are the Irving mayor and council members, corporate CEOs and directors of local agencies.

The program culminates in a graduation ceremony held at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas.

The ethnic composition of the FLI participants reflects the diverse Irving student population.

Here are typical comments from participants:

Our Partners

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.

Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce


The mission of ILCCC 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.

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-Las Colinas Rotary

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. The organization's motto is "Service Above Self."

For more than 110 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

Contact us for more information.

Future Leaders of Irving
211 Mandalay Canal
Irving, TX 75039
(214) 546-6346