Future Leaders of America


Since 1982, Future Leaders of America has created change for youth and their families. 

For more than thirty years, Future Leaders of America has provided Latino youth with leadership development skills necessary to help shape their futures. 

Founded in 1982, by educator Gilberto Cuevas, Future Leaders of America has helped thousands of Latino youth become advocates for themselves and their community. 

Today, Future Leaders embraces its rich and longstanding history by renewing its commitment to helping youth achieve their full potential in school, their career choices, and in life.

A Rich Tradition of History of Empowering Youth

Since its inception, in 1982, Future Leaders of America (FLA) has worked towards providing a pathway to and through college and out of poverty for lower income students. The organization was first founded as a grassroots response to concerns about the high incidence of destructive behaviors in Latino youth including high school dropouts, gang activity, substance abuse, lack of parent involvement and limited civic engagement, amongst other high-risk behaviors. 

For nearly 30 years, Future Leaders of America has been providing over 8,000 Latino youth and their families with community engagement opportunities, educational experiences and personal development in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The organization began as a grassroots response to the need for positive Latino role models, a peer support group, greater leadership, educational and additional civic engagement in the Latino community.