Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy

Message to deans, directors, department heads

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 5–July 28 and entails:

  • Eight weeks of employment with an FSU department at a maximum 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.

The University funds TFLA student salaries at no cost to the participating department!

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 5 to July 28 for a maximum 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.

Important Reminders for Supervisors

TFLA is a mentorship employment program. TFLA students are not eligible for remote work. By hosting a student, you are committing to being physically present to provide supervision and mentorship.

  • Student availability may not always line up with a hybrid work schedule. This may mean you have to adjust your remote schedule during the program. Please do not request a student if you are unwilling to supervise them on your remote days.
  • In the event you have scheduled leave, you may have one backup supervisor designated.
  • It will be your responsibility to work with the backup designee to ensure the student has supervision.
  • Both supervisors are required to have a recent Level 2 background check, which is funded by Central HR.
  • If you are unable to work out a schedule between you and the backup supervisor, this program may not be the right fit as the goal is to foster a mentorship relationship with TFLA students.


Statements of interest are due on Friday, March 24, 2023. 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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