Future Leaders Initiative

Future Institute offers Concept graduates the Future Leaders Initiative: a unique, comprehensive program that allows Concept graduates to prepare for their college and career goals by participating in various professional development opportunities and events as well as connecting with a professional mentor throughout the year and earning a college fund.

Concept graduates can join the Future Leaders Initiative after graduating and are enrolling in college or pursuing a career program.


Any participant unable to fulfill the required commitments below by the appointed deadline will be disqualified from receiving the college fund. To be part of FLI, participants shall…
commit to a minimum of 16 hours over the academic year (8 hours per semester) of any combination of program areas
complete an annual career goals survey and annual program evaluation
be available for meetings, calls, or video interview with a program officer for an initial introduction to the program
respond to program officer in a timely manner and communicate if they cannot complete a program area
attend college/university or career program


Upon successful completion of the requirements each semester, participants will benefit in the following ways…
College fund for 4 years of continuous college enrollment. See College Fund information below.
Certificate of Accomplishment
Letter of Recommendation, upon request
Resume Building Opportunities and Workshops
Career-related Workshops
Personal Life Coaching
Networking Opportunities
Transition Support

College Fund

College funds awarded by Future Institute can be used for paying tuition and fees, books and other college/career related expenses or a combination of these as per the program officer’s discretion. Funds are only to be sent directly to institution, not individuals. 

Please note: The amount of the college fund depends on the student’s participation in high school. Students who were part of Future Fund in their senior year of high school are eligible for more funds. 

  • Future Fund participants who have completed all program requirements will receive $1,000 per semester ($2,000 per year) for every semester they are in college/university or a career program. 
  • Participants who entered directly into FLI will receive $750 per semester ($1,500 per year) for every semester they are in college/university or a career program. 

Program Areas

See below for ways participants can complete the 16 hour program commitment.

Participants have the flexibility to choose which program areas best suit their schedule and goals. The survey administered at the beginning of each academic year and the interview evaluation at the end of the year will guide participants in their college and career explorations and help program officers better support them. Once participation is confirmed, participants will be sent a schedule of their chosen program options.

Future Institute Road-to-Success Mentorship (FIRM) Program

FIRM pairs FLI participants with experienced professionals in their desired career field to help them set and achieve their career goals through real-world opportunities.

Junior Mentor

to a high school student

Junior mentors are FLI participants who are paired with a Future Fund participant (high school senior) and play a pivotal role in a high school student’s life by providing advice about the transition to college and other college-related support. This experience will prompt participants to look beyond high school and expand their understanding of college and career.

Junior mentors will mee with their respective participants four times over video conference on the My Future portal.

College Liaison Program

College Liaisons are FLI participants who act as a support system for Concept college students to help them transition from high school to college and persist through to earn their college degrees. Most of the time, this means planning coffee meetings or providing campus tips/resources, and checking in with the other students. College liaisons can also visit Concept high schools to share their college experiences with Future Fund participants.

Student liaison positions are limited and are only available at select colleges and universities. View current liaisons here. 

Future Institute Road to Success Training (FIRST) Program

FIRST is a micro-internship program that establishes meaningful connections between successful companies and FLI college students to help set and achieve their career goals through real-world, structured training experiences. Micro-internships are short-term professional assignments that are 4 hours per month or 40 hours per year, depending on the company’s needs and predetermined schedule. 


SpeakPulse is a self-guided program which includes an app for participants who seek additional help with speaking and interview skills. SpeakPulse counts for 2 hours; however, it is strongly recommended for students with speech impediments or English Second Language learners. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Future Institute organizes and sponsors many events throughout the year including two symposiums for Concept high school students, panels with college students, and other opportunities. These are a great way to get real-world experiences and skills to include in resumes. 

College & Career Workshops

College and career workshops which are offered online or in-person in some locations. Online workshops take place over Zoom Video Conferencing. The workshops that have been offered are…

Financial Workshops delve into critical topics pertaining to budgeting, college loans, college savings, investments, building credit and other impactful financial areas in higher education and personal life.

Workplace Culture Workshop provides participants with tools to prepare for various situations and create a positive, healthy work culture wherever they go.

Resume Building Workshops assist participants in creating a resume for the first time or altering their previous resume to prepare in applying for careers and/or internships.

Career Field Workshops have professionals in a particular career field share their day-to-day duties and give tips that can be useful for participants studying or considering the field. Some career workshops include medical and engineering workshops. 

Interview Skills Workshops prepare participants for interviews and teach skills in a real-world setting.

Have Questions?

Contact the Program Officer

Nichole Pienkta,
Future Leaders Initiative Program Officer