FUTURE LEADERS OF AMERICA

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

Our Impact on Youth

Students Served

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Improved Their Public Speaking

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Learned How to Impact Policy

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Learned More About Their Ethnic/Racial Identity
future leaders of america alumni

About Us

Our Mission

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.

What Our Students Say:

Julianna Ornelas

Julianna Ornelas

Carpinteria Chapter

Ever since I attended the Youth Leadership Conference this summer, I knew I wanted to be on the council and help create change in my community. I am happy to be a part of FLA and continue contributing to creating healthy and prosperous communities while growing as a leader.

Kimberly Castro

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.

Jesus Ramos

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

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.

Our Partners

Our Programs

Youth Leadership Conference

6-day leadership conference transforming youth into advocacy leaders. Students will be introduced to the building blocks of leadership.

Future Leaders of America Master Achievers (FLAMAS)

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, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria.

University Seminars

Inspiring youth to enter higher education through exploring different college campuses, and 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.

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Youth-Led Policy Initiatives

Housing Security

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.

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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.

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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..

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Tobacco Prevention

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.

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Safe Zones

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.

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Mental Health

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.

FLA UCLA CSRC Report

Reports

Download UCLA and FLA Chicano Research Report

Read the latest research from the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center on the impact of FLA and its programming on the Central Coast!