The organization was first founded as a grassroots response to concerns about the high incidence of destructive behaviors in Latinx youth including high school dropouts, gang activity, substance abuse, lack of parent involvement and limited civic engagement, amongst other high-risk behaviors. The founders also saw a void of Latinx leaders and role model for youth. Unfortunately, not much has changed since 1982, as Oxnard and Santa Barbara County Latinx youth still face similar systematic barriers that limit their full potential.
Year-round programming is provided to participants to engage them in leadership, education and advocacy through University Seminars, Youth groups, Facilitator training and Family Leadership camps. FLA has opened doors to new realities to over 9,400 unduplicated youth throughout California with its program. With the support of FLA, Latinx youth have attended prestigious universities around the nation including Columbia, Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, UCSB, UCLA, and Duke to name a few. FLA youth have become successful lawyers, educators, non-profit leaders and elected officials! Because of FLA, youth succeed!
Today, Future Leaders embraces its rich and longstanding history by renewing its commitment to helping youth achieve their full potential in school, career choices, and life. Our peer-to-peer model provide youth opportunities to succeed in leadership and academically.