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.
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.
Application Deadline: Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
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:
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.
Application Deadline: Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
The 18-month Future Leaders Academy comprises two inter-related components:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*
Cost: This program is provided at no cost to Future Leaders, their families or educational institutions. The program includes:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
The Future Leaders Academy prepares high-achieving young people to become exceptional leaders in their homes, communities, schools and workplaces.
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.
Please complete the Future Leader Application Form by Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
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.
Future Leaders Academy includes two core components:
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
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.
For Future Leaders:
Mentor Roles & Responsibilities:
Phase I: January-June 2022:
Phase II: June 2022–June 2023:
Future Leader Roles & Responsibilities during the mentorship:
Phase I: January-June 2022:
Phase II: June 2022–June 2023:
Please complete the Mentor Application Form by Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation; it is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).