Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy


This message has been approved by Renisha Gibbs, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Finance & Administration Chief of Staff, for distribution to all Deans, Directors, and Department Heads.

This summer, Florida State University is participating in the Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy (TFLA). The TFLA program is sponsored by the City of Tallahassee, which partners with area organizations to provide summer jobs for local youth (ages 15-19). The program provides community youth with work experience, professional development, and mentorship. We encourage you to watch the employer and youth testimonials to learn more about their experiences. 


The program runs from June 1–July 29 and entails:

  • Six weeks of employment with an FSU department at a minimum of 20 hours per week. Wages are centrally funded at no cost to the participating department.
  • Skills development through on-the-job experience and program seminars focused on personal growth, professional development, and financial literacy.
  • Mentorship from a caring department manager that focuses on improving interpersonal skills and enhancing self-confidence and self-esteem.

Get Involved

We are looking for departments to host a TFLA student. If your department is interested, please email a brief statement of interest to the contact listed below outlining:

  • Your department’s interest in hosting a TFLA student.
  • The nature of the job you will provide. Note: you must have availability to host from June 1 to July 29 for a minimum of 20 hours per week.
  • The anticipated learning outcomes related to leadership and professional development from your position.
  • Contact information of someone who will serve as the student’s supervisor.

Statements of interest are due on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. If your department is selected for participation, you will be contacted with additional details.

This is a fantastic opportunity to invest in our local community and cultivate future leaders. We hope you’ll get involved!

Questions & Statements of Interest

Contact Shelley Lopez at s.lopez@fsu.edu or (850) 644-6602.

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