Future Institute and its programs serve 10 major midwest cities by supporting thousands of students’ transitions from high school to college and career.
Future Legacies helped me feel more
confident about life after high school
The FLI Program has provided me with opportunities to develop my career skills
The FLI Program has provided me with opportunities to develop my leadership skills
The FLI Program has helped me feel more confident about college life
Both the Future Leaders Initiative (FLI) and Future Legacies programs have mentorship components.
– Junior mentors are FLI participants and other Concept graduates who mentor Future Legacies participants in their
transition from high school to college and career.
– Career mentors are community members and leaders mentor FLI participants in their college degree and career
FLI participants also have opportunities to volunteer as part of the program, which we will be improving in 2020-2021.
CMSA Alumni Mentor Group
8 CMSA alumni have started their own self-sufficient group of mentors dedicated to giving advice to CMSA seniors. This group of leaders is working with Future Institute and the FLI Program to give back to their high school and current students. These alumni started mentoring in 2019.
INCS Visits to Springfield 2020
In cooperation with the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS), Future Institute had scheduled monthly trips to Springfield for our Concept Schools Alumni. The trips would coincide with legislative sessions and the Government Affairs team would lead the alumni through the capital. The alumni would attend sessions, meet with legistators, and explore Springfield. Unfortunately, due to the onset of COVID-19 in the Spring of 2020, we were unable to conduct these trips, but we hope to do so in the near future!
I really liked being able to relay information to high schoolers as a mentor. My mentees were super grateful for the information I relayed and I wish I had someone give me this information when I was a senior.
I enjoyed talking with my mentee. She had some really good questions about college and I did my best to answer her questions.
I love to try to help out people who were in the same situation as I was, and through the Junior Mentorship I was able to achieve that with my mentee. There [are] not many resources for people such as I and minorities in general and its a pleasure to help someone in need as well as one who seeks.
I liked talking to my mentee about her future goals and being updated on how senior [year] was going.