The West Virginia Future Leaders Program (FLP) is a four-year leadership-based high school curriculum instilling leadership, promoting citizenship, and teaching life skills.
FLP uses a hybrid academic/career technical education (CTE) delivery format. Lesson plans fall under one of four broad categories: leadership, citizenship, life skills, 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 students' post-high school success and encourage them to remain in West Virginia as productive and prosperous West Virginians.
The curriculum allow schools to offer the FLP as a one year or multi-year program and is a lower cost alternative to JROTC and the National Defense Corps of Cadets. 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 or call 304-201-3015.
Core Topics: Each class falls under one of nine topics; each topic is taught yearly. Career Direction, Citizenship, Communication, Emergency Preparedness, Financial Literacy, First Aid, Healthy Lifestyle, Leadership, and Military Science.
Leadership Classes (examples): Principles of Leadership, Introduction to Public Speaking, Public Speaking practical exercises, Medal of Honor Recipients, Leadership Case Studies, Class Leadership positions, and Drill & Ceremony.
Citizenship Classes (examples): Flag Etiquette, Foundation of U.S. Citizenship, Declaration of Independence, Constitution & Amendments, Government Types, Economic Systems, Critical Thinking in Citizenship, American Symbols & Values.
Life Skills Classes (examples): Goal Setting/Career Direction, Time & Stress Management, Healthy Lifestyle, Substance Abuse, Anti-bullying, Financial Literacy, First Aid, and Ethics, Values, & Morals.
Military Science Classes (examples): Army Values, Physical Fitness, Map Reading, Land Navigation, Purpose of the U.S. Military, Hierarchy & Rank, and Drill and Ceremony.
For more information contact a program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.wv.ng.mil/Future-Leaders-Program/, or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WVFLP/
The FLP is active in schools in Brooke, Clay, Logan, Monongalia, Putnam, Upshur 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 instilling leadership, promoting citizenship, and teaching life skills while connecting students to their community using service and mentorship opportunities.
According to Brigadier-General William E. Crane, the West Virginia Adjutant General who commands over 6,300 Soldiers and Airmen, the program “builds long-term success for those who take part…to help students succeed in all aspects of life – whether at school, at home, as a part of their community and in the future.”
The Future Leaders Program is a school-based leadership program using proven military techniques to facilitate education. Its focus is to enhance leadership qualities in students, promote citizenship, teach important life skills, provide outreach opportunities, and utilize hands-on learning to engage students. The FLP core objectives are:
- 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.