The Future Leaders Academy

think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE advances moral, purposeful, and emotionally intelligent leadership. One of the ways we achieve this mission is by developing  young leaders through our Future Leaders Academy.

The Future Leaders Academy helps prepare high-achieving high school (juniors and seniors) and college (first- and second-year) students from low-income backgrounds or underrepresented communities to become exceptional leaders in their homes, communities, schools and workplaces.

Are You A Future Leader?

We are looking for 20 students from Minnesota who are ready to become Future Leaders in January 2022. This program is intended for high school juniors and seniors or first- and second-year college students from low-income backgrounds or underrepresented communities.

Please see the FAQs section below for additional information about the Future Leaders Academy.

Please note the application period has closed. Thank you for your interest! Please apply for our next Future Leaders Academy starting in January 2023!

Future Leaders Apply Here: If you are ready to grow your leadership skills, please fill out the Future Leader Application

Application Deadline: Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Are You A Mentor?

Are You An Experienced Leader Who’s Ready to Give Back?

We are looking for 20 mentors who are ready to participate in the Future Leaders Academy starting March 19, 2022.

The Future Leaders Academy brings Mentors and Future Leaders (high school juniors and seniors or first- and second-year college students from low-income backgrounds or underrepresented communities) together for co-learning and mentoring over 18-months from January 2022 to June 2023.

Please complete the following mentor application to join our growing mentor network for Minnesota’s Future Leaders. An exciting first cohort of Future Leaders has already begun the Future Leaders Academy and we look forward to your participation as a mentor.

Our Future Leaders Academy Mentorship Calendar:

  • Sunday, February 20, 2022: Mentor Application Deadline
  • Saturday, March 21, 2022, 10-11:30am: 1st Virtual Session
  • Saturday, April 23, 2022, 10-11:30am: 2nd Virtual Session
  • Saturday, May 21, 2022, 10-11:30am: 3rd Virtual Session
  • Saturday, June 18, 2022: Full-day Celebration & Mentorship Kick-off Event
  • June 2022 – June 2023: Mentorship Period
  • June 2023: Mentorship concludes at Full-day Celebration Event

Mentors of Future Leaders are essential not just to our program’s success but to our community’s long-term success. Women, minorities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

A mentor values and practices qualities such as openness, flexibility, curiosity, integrity and responsibility, and typically has 10 years of experience (any field). We are seeking mentors who wish to share experiences and insights with Future Leaders and learn from and with Future Leaders in the process.

Please scroll down for additional information about the Future Leaders Academy and Mentorship FAQs.

Mentors Apply Here: If you are ready to share and grow your leadership skills, please fill out the Mentor Application

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Learn More about the Future Leaders Academy

The 18-month Future Leaders Academy comprises two inter-related components:

  • January – May 2022: Five-month live virtual leadership workshop that meets one Saturday each month;
  • June 2022 – June 2023: 12+ month mentoring program

Leadership Workshop: 5-months, 5-modules

In January 2022, think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE is launching a five-module, live virtual leadership workshop designed to help students become the next generation of leaders in their schools, homes, communities, and workplaces. The program pairs students to learn alongside experienced leaders in a range of fields and professions. Together they will learn about topics such as:

  • Defining Leadership
  • Learning and Leveraging Emotional Intelligence
  • Is Your Calling Calling?
  • Moral Leadership
  • Five Levels of Leadership

Each module of the Future Leaders Academy will be facilitated by a nationally-recognized leadership expert who will volunteer their time and expertise for this program. At the conclusion of the five sessions, Future Leaders and experienced leaders will come together for a live, one-day in-person workshop and celebration in the Twin Cities. Each Future Leader will then be matched with an experienced leader in a yearlong mentoring relationship.

Every student who completes the program will receive a certificate acknowledging they are a think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE Future Leader, a credential that can be highlighted on job and school applications.


Dates:

  • Module 1: Saturday, January 22, 2022 – 10:00AM-11:30AM
    • Why Values Matter?
  • Module 2: Saturday, February 19, 2022 – 10:00AM-11:30AM
    • What are you striving for?
  • Module 3: Saturday, March 19, 2022 – 10:00AM-11:30AM
    • How to get what you want?
  • Module 4: Saturday, April 23, 2022 – 10:00AM-11:30AM
    • Putting it together
  • Module 5: Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 10:00AM-11:30AM
    • Polish
  • Saturday, June 18, 2022 – Full-day Celebration & Mentorship Kick-off
  • June 2023 – Mentorship concludes with Future Leaders Academy Celebration Event

Module Format: Each module consists of a 90-minute virtual session facilitated by two Future Leaders Academy content experts experienced in leading inclusive, interactive sessions.  Each module presents new concepts and focuses on skill development with immediate, real life application. Discussion, reflection, team building and mutual support are integral to everything we do.

Meet Our Leadership Module Facilitators

Ryan Goulart

I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you. My goal is to provide you with safe space to learn, and occasionally fail, which is where real growth occurs, to succeed. When I’m not supporting the Future Leaders Academy, I’m a business leader, podcast host and mentor/coach at think2perform.

Leadership is a journey and I’m grateful to be a part of your journey wherever life takes you.

LaCresia King, LGSW, MSW

I am so excited to support the Think2Perform Research Institute, and even more importantly am excited to meet and get to know each and every one of you. When I am not supporting the Future Leaders Academy I work as a school social worker at Saint Paul Central High School – Go Minutemen!

My hope is that after you complete this experience you feel empowered to be unapologetically yourselves and step in your power as leaders in all areas of your life.

 


Future Leaders Academy – 12-month Mentorship

Mentorship Mission Statement

Assist Future Leaders and Mentors in honing lifelong emotional and moral competencies for the benefit of self, family, school, community and workplace leadership.

Mentorship Timeline:

May/June 2022: Mentor – Future Leader 1:1 Matching process completed

June 2022 – June 2023: 12+ Month mentoring period

Future Leaders Academy Mentorship Model

A dynamic three-cycle mentorship model guides the Future Leaders Academy Mentorship, a process of co-learning between Mentor and Future Leader (See B. Smith, 2013)*. Future Leader Academy facilitators will provide mentorship prompts, suggested activities, discussion topics, and more to supplement the “Agreement of Mentoring Partnership,” a co-learning agreement developed by the Mentor and Future Leader at the start of the mentorship.

Three-Cycle Mentorship Model*

  • 1st Cycle: Advising (Telling)
  • 2nd Cycle: Advocacy (Motivating & Connecting)
  • 3rd Cycle: Apprenticeship (Empowering & Showing)


Cost: This program is provided at no cost to Future Leaders, their families or educational institutions. The program includes:

  • 5 leadership development sessions (90-minute virtual modules)
  • Full-day celebration and mentorship kick-off in June 2022
  • 12-month mentorship
  • Mentorship concluding celebration in June 2023

Contact: To learn more about this unique leadership program and to get details for how to sign up, please email think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE executive director            Brian Hammer at bhammer@t2pri.org.

* The Three Cycle Mentoring Model is adapted from think2perform Research Institute board member Buffy Smith’s book: Smith, Buffy. 2013. Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education. Plymouth, U.K.: Lexington Books, p. 62

Future Leaders Academy + Mentorship: FAQs

What is the purpose of the Future Leaders Academy?

The Future Leaders Academy prepares high-achieving young people to become exceptional leaders in their homes, communities, schools and workplaces.

Who are the participants? How many are there?

The program pairs under-represented, high-achieving high school juniors and seniors, as well as first- and second-year college students with more experienced leaders who serve as Future Leader Mentors.

Future Leader cohort: up to 20 Future Leaders, plus mentors, starting in January 2022.

How can I apply to be a future leader?

Please complete the Future Leader Application Form by Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

What is the cost of the Future LEaders Academy to participants?

There is no cost (i.e., no tuition, no fees) to Future Leader participants. In fact, Future Leaders are provided a stipend of $500 USD (a prepaid Visa gift card) over the course of the Future Leaders Academy to help make participation as open and as barrier-free as possible to all interested Future Leaders.

What is the content of the Future Leaders Academy?

Future Leaders Academy includes two core components:

  1. 5-month leadership development workshop in spring 2022: January 22nd, February 19th, March 19th, April 23rd, May 21

Future Leaders and Mentors complete five 90-minute, interactive, virtual leadership development sessions led by experienced facilitators.

Academy modules include topics such as: (1) Defining Leadership; (2) Learning and Leveraging Emotional Intelligence; (3) What Is Your Calling?; (4) Moral Leadership; (5) Five Levels of Leadership

  1. One-year Mentorship (June 2022 to June 2023)

After the virtual training is complete, future and experienced leaders will come together for a one-day, in-person training event and celebration in the Twin Cities on June 18, 2022.

At the end of the in-person event, each of the future leaders will be matched with an experienced leader for a yearlong mentoring relationship.

What are the expected outcomes of the Future Leaders Academy?

For Future Leaders:

  • Networks: Each Future Leader will build a network of Future Leader peers and mentors who will serve as a support system for work, life, and school today and into the future.
  • New Skills: Future Leaders Academy is intentionally designed to meet Future Leaders where they are and to help Future Leaders build core moral and emotional intelligence, and resilience, which will serve as a platform for future success — as Future Leaders develop their goals, engage in their studies, meet challenges of community leadership, and plan for their careers and life.
  • Portfolio Building — Certificate of Completion: Every student who completes the program will receive a certificate of completion acknowledging they are a think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE Future Leader, a credential Future Leaders can highlight on job and school applications.

For Mentors:

  • Future Impact: Make a concrete contribution to future leadership development by sharing your skills, experience, and insights with a young leader of our community.
  • Develop New Insights: The best way to reflect on your own life, leadership development, and career is to share it with others. The Future Leader Mentorship provides the opportunity to support a Future Leader and hone your own skills – interpersonal, communication and leadership competencies – as a full member of the moral and emotional leadership academy for Future Leaders.
What do mentors do?

Mentor Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Consider, reflect, and share leadership skills and competencies across professional, community and personal life experiences
  • Develop and engage an “Agreement of Mentoring Partnership,” a co-learning contract developed by the Mentor and Future Leader at the start of the mentorship
  • Reflect on and share feedback on mentorship learning process for benefit of current and ongoing development of Future Leaders’ and Future Mentors’ experiences and outcomes
  • Serve as a Future Leaders Academy Ambassador and advocate

Phase I: January-June 2022:

  • Engage actively with Future Leaders Academy community and hone your emotional and moral competencies as an experienced leader and lifelong learner
  • Participate in Future Leaders Academy and mentorship orientation
  • Read/review mentorship resources
  • Engage in all Future Leaders Academy sessions and debriefs as co-participant, co-learner and leader

Phase II: June 2022–June 2023:

  • Serve as mentor of one Future Leader for one year
  • Join full-day celebration and mentorship kick-off in June 2022
  • Meet virtually with Future Leader mentee at least one time each month from June 2022 to June 2023
  • Co-develop with Future Leader mentee an “Agreement of Mentoring Partnership” which helps to set stage for dialog and mutual understanding of needs, goals, and expectations for the mentorship
  • Share feedback and comments on Future Leader reflection activities/papers
  • Serve as advocate, resource, sounding board, and connector for Future Leader — stretch yourself, think deeply, listen actively
  • Participate in day-long Future Leaders Academy Mentorship celebration in June 2023
What is the goal of the mentorship for Future Leaders?

Future Leader Roles & Responsibilities during the mentorship:

  • Consider, reflect, and share leadership skills and competencies across school, community and personal life experiences
  • Reflect on and share feedback on mentorship learning process for benefit of current and ongoing development of Future Leaders’ and Mentors’ experiences and outcomes
  • Serve as a Future Leaders Academy Ambassador and advocate

Phase I: January-June 2022:

  • Engage actively with Future Leaders Academy community and hone your emotional and moral competencies as a Future Leader and lifelong learner
  • Participate in Future Leaders Academy and mentorship orientation
  • Read/review mentorship resources and complete related reflection activities
  • Engage in all Future Leaders Academy sessions and debriefs as co-participant, co-learner, co-facilitator and leader

Phase II: June 2022–June 2023:

  • Serve as Future Leader mentee for one year
  • Join full-day celebration and mentorship kick-off in June 2022
  • Meet virtually with mentor at least one time each month from June 2022 to June 2023
  • Co-develop with Future Leader mentor an “Agreement of Mentoring Partnership” which helps to set stage for dialog and mutual understanding of needs, goals, and expectations for the mentorship
  • Share feedback and comments via Future Leader Reflection activities/papers
  • Be an active learner — stretch yourself, think deeply, listen actively, and take chances in a supportive environment
  • Participate in day-long Future Leaders Academy Mentorship celebration in June 2023
How can I apply to be a mentor?

Please complete the Mentor Application Form by Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Get Involved

  • Donate. We are looking for 33 pillar donors who can commit to donating $10,000 annually. And donations as low as $10/month do make a difference. Learn more
  • Volunteer. If you are a gifted leadership trainer, please consider volunteering to lead one of our virtual training sessions. Contact us to learn more
  • Spread the word. Follow us on social media and share our research and programs with others.

think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation; it is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).

Learn More about t2pRI and Our Programs

To learn more, contact our Executive Director, Brian Hammer.
Email: bhammer@t2pri.org

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Mailing address: think2perform Research Institute, 706 Second Ave. S. #271, Minneapolis, MN 55402 USA