The Future Leaders Program (FLP) is a leadership-based high school curriculum that instills leadership, promotes citizenship, and reinforces life skills.
FLP uses a hybrid academic/career technical education (CTE) delivery format. Current lesson plans fall under one of four broad categories: leadership, citizenship, life skills (personal growth), and military science. The FLP curriculum is taught by veterans who are trained and employed by the West Virginia Military Authority (WVMA). Although the WVMA has oversight of the program, FLP is not a recruiting program. Our goals are to improve a student’s post-high school success and encourage them to remain in West Virginia as productive and prosperous West Virginians.
The current curriculum allow schools to offer the FLP as a one or multi-year program and is a low cost alternative to JROTC and the National Defense Corps of Cadet. We encourage county and school officials to review our Executive Summary and Information Papers for more information. Our program managers are happy to discuss FLP in more detail and how the program can work for your school. You may reach out to us at WVFLP1@gmail.com.
The FLP is active in schools in Brooke, Wetzel, Monongalia, Upshur, Clay, Putnam, Logan and Wyoming Counties.
Future Leaders Program Mission, Goal, Objectives, and Values
The mission of the Future Leaders Program is to provide West Virginia schools and students with a quality education program that emphasizes leadership, citizenship, personal development while connecting students to their communities using service and mentorship opportunities.
According to Major General James A. Hoyer, the West Virginia Adjutant General who commands over 6,400 Soldiers and Airmen, “the primary goal of the Future Leaders Program is to help students succeed not only in high school, but to be successful in life, to be contributing members of our communities and Nation, and to teach them the importance of making smart decisions in life. This program goes beyond the Guard and speaks to the long-term individual success of each student, and through them our local communities and the state of as a whole.”
The Future Leaders Program is a school-based leadership program using proven military techniques to facilitate education. Its focus is to identify and enhance leadership qualities in its students, teach important life skills, promote citizenship, and to provide outreach opportunities and utilize hands-on learning to engage students. The FLP core objectives are as follows
- FLP core objectives are as follows:
- Develop Leadership Skills
- Foster Academic Excellence
- Build Good Citizenship
- Teach basic Military Knowledge and History
- Promote Health, Fitness, and Physical and Mental Wellness
- Personal Courage
Loyalty: FLP members bear true faith and allegiance to the United States Constitution, the State of West Virginia, and the Future Leaders Program’s mission. Those who exhibit loyalty demonstrate patriotic spirit and take pride in the American way of life and the freedoms allowed by the Constitution.
Education: FLP Members do their best at school, follow the rules, and maintain awareness about the current events happening in their county, state, and the nation. They do their best to learn as much as they can about what makes a good FLP member and citizen. They understand the importance of education and pursuing a career and not just having a job. This means graduating high school, acquiring a trade skill, or attending college.
Ambition: FLP members strive to earn promotions and achieve accolades. They set high goals for themselves and set long-term goals for employment, college, or trade school that will help them better serve their communities, state, and Nation.
Duty: FLP members fulfill their obligations. They are dependable, trustworthy, hardworking, and can be counted on by all. They take their assignments seriously, follow all orders given to them, obey the laws of their state and country, and understand that people depend on them to do what they say they will do.
Encouragement: FLP members always strive to encourage others to serve their communities and state with the example they set. They are positive and lead others to do what is right morally, while always striving to be the best they can be and to help others do the same. They understand that when difficult times arise they are to remain steadfast and encourage others to never give up, never surrender.
Respect: FLP members live by “The Golden Rule” and treat others the way that they would like to be treated. They are good sports on and off the athletic field, appreciative of the contributions made by the diverse people in our society, and behave in a courteous manner towards all, regardless of color or creed. They are friendly and tactful in all situations, because they understand that they are a reflection on their class, school, community, and state. They respect themselves and others.
Selfless-Service: FLP members give of themselves selflessly and with no expectation for reward. They give their time, talents, and other resources freely, especially to the less fortunate. They are willing and eager to participate regularly in meaningful service to their peers, schools, and communities. They lead by example and encourage others to give of themselves in the aid of others, to remain positive, and to always be grateful.
Honor: Honor is a code one lives by, even when alone. Honor involves having a high level of respect and self-esteem for yourself and others. It is a matter of carrying out, acting, and living by a set of defined values. For the FLP cadet, those values include respect, duty, loyalty, selfless service, integrity and personal courage.
Integrity: FLP members always do what is right, both legally and morally. They strive to be clean-minded, take pride in setting a good example for others, and make every effort to make the right decision, despite outside variables. They understand right from wrong. They do not lie, steal, or cheat and they do not tolerate those who do. FLP members place a high value on honesty, as it is the foundation of trust, reliability, and leadership.
Personal Courage: FLP members face physical and moral danger with confidence. This does not mean that FLP members do not feel afraid, but rather it means that they face their fears and display heroic behaviors in situations of physical and moral danger. They remain faithful to their values in situations requiring moral courage. They know when to say “no” to something that they know is wrong and they respect themselves and others enough to not lead others into wrongdoing. They understand that doing what is right is not always easy, yet choose to do right anyway.