Empower to Lead...The FLA Way
Developing youth resiliency and leadership to create long-lasting systemic change by mobilizing youth to advocate for policies that improve their lives and their communities
FLA develops youth resiliency and leadership to create long-lasting systemic change by empowering and mobilizing youth leaders to advocate for policies that improve their lives and the lives of their peers and their communities.
Our Impact on Youth
Improved Their Public Speaking
Learned How to Impact Policy
Learned More About Their Ethnic/Racial Identity
Student Success Stories
Kimberly Castro - Santa Maria Chapter
I understand that FLA stands for the community to improve, help, support, and be proud of where we live and where we come from. It is no longer just a club it is a family filled with people who are ready to accept you for who you are, at your worst and at your best without judgment.
Julianna Ornelas - Carpinteria Chapter
Ever since I attended the Youth Leadership Conference this summer I knew that I wanted to be in council and help create change in my community. I am happy to be a part of FLA and continue to contribute to creating a healthy and prosperous communities while further growing as a leader.
Jesus Ramos - Port Hueneme Chapter
Never would I have imagined a more enlightening experience than that year’s summer leadership camp. It went beyond my expectations and was one of the first times in my life that I truly felt comfortable around so many people who I had just met. That is why I continue to come back to FLA as it is such an amazing program that is truly beneficial to everyone and provides a supportive and empowering environment.
Anna Lucia Munoz -Santa Barbara Chapter
Being a part of Future Leaders of America is such a special opportunity- over the past three years, it’s given me a safe space to grow and to learn that change IS possible. As I prepare to graduate and move into the world, I am comforted by the fact that I will have FLA’s teachings to guide me.
Youth Leadership Conference
6-day leadership conference transforming youth into advocacy leaders. Students will be introduce to the building blocks of leadership.
Future Leaders of America Master Achievers (FLAMA)
A youth-led space that engages young people with leadership, advocacy and educational opportunities. The groups meet on a bi-weekly basis in Port Hueneme, Oxnard, Carpintera, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria.
Inspiring youth to enter higher education through exploring different college campuses, learning about admissions requirements, financial aid, student life, and career opportunities.
Family Leadership Conference
A 3-day weekend experience- bridging Latinx families to higher education. Highlighting the importance of higher education, being an advocate for youth and building positive family communication.
Youth-Led Policy Initiatives
Families in our communities were at risk of being evicted during the pandemic. FLA participated in an in-car protest in front of the City Council office and were successful in acquiring the strongest eviction moratoriums in County Santa Barbara County for Santa Maria residents.
Youth Wellness Coalition
The Youth Wellness Coalition (YWC) is a group of community members who advocate for safe, healthy, and prosperous communities for all youth. YWC’s work revolves around education and prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in Santa Barbara.
A-G For All
Everyone deserves the right to pursue higher education! The “A-G for All” campaign ensures that the high school graduation curriculum aligns with the A-G requirements to increase access to higher education for BIPOC youth and eliminate the achievement gap..
Vaping has become the gateway for tobacco use among the current student population. Flavors smell and taste like candy making them attractive for youth and have become a real public health danger–FLA is committed to restricting the sales of flavored tobacco.
FLA Youth helped pass “Safe Zones” policies in Santa Barbara and Oxnard. The “Safe Zone” policy ensured that all youth were protected from harassment from Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) thereby ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our community members.
FLA Youth advocated for the successful passage of a “Mental Health Resolution” at Oxnard Union High School District that de-stigmatized mental health, increased mental health services, promoted the services widely, integrated mental health into the 9th grade health curriculum, and eliminated penalties for those who seek services.