Do you want to develop your leadership potential? Gain exposure to the challenges and opportunities in Chicago? Meet with business, non-profit, and government leaders throughout the city?  Engage with diverse student leaders from the Chicago area? Experience life on a college campus? If so, this program is for you! floChicago is offered free of charge to all participants. In order to apply, students must complete the application and receive a nomination from a teacher, counselor, principal, coach or supervisor. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore new people, places and perspectives in Chicago! Our 2019 application cycle is complete, but please check back in early 2020 for details on applying for our next cohort!

floChicago accepts applications from students who are currently completing their junior year of high school. Applications for floChicago require submission of each of the following components:

1) Application Form
2) Required Essays & Uploaded Image
3) Student Pledge Form
4) Completed Recommendation

Each of the components, including the recommendation letter, must be submitted by the deadline for an application to be considered complete. Recommendation letters should come from someone who can speak to your leadership abilities, such as a teacher, principal, coach, guidance counselor, mentor or supervisor.

Please note that the floChicago 2019 application cycle has concluded. We will be recruiting a new cohort in the spring of 2020. If you will be a high school junior during the 2019-2020 school year, please check back in early 2020 for details on how to apply!


What is Future Leaders of Chicago?
Future Leaders of Chicago (floChicago) was founded by a group of educators, professionals, and civic leaders who care about developing future generations of Chicago leaders. As a group, we have over 75 years of combined experience leading high schools, teaching in the classroom, and developing leadership programs. We are bound by a common vision to help students realize their full potential.

Why Future Leaders of Chicago?
We believe that discrete moments – such as an introduction to a mentor, exposure to a new career path, or a discussion about a social issue – can inspire students to broaden their horizons and realize their full potential. We are committed to providing these discrete moments for Chicago’s young leaders.

What will students experience?
floChicago participants will participate in a Summer program as well as numerous meetings and retreats during the 2019 – 2020 school year. In addition to leadership training, students will have an opportunity to engage with some of Chicago’s prominent civic and business leaders. Programming will include field trips and classroom activities centering around civic engagement, professional development, and college preparation. The Summer Program will take place from Sunday, July 28th – Saturday, August 3, 2019. Students will live on campus at The University of Chicago for the entire week. The school year programming will involve 5-6 sessions throughout the school year and will include Saturday sessions and two one-night retreats.

How many students will participate in the program?
floChicago will select approximately 30 students from across Chicago to participate in the 2019-2020 program.

How is the University of Chicago involved with Future Leaders of Chicago?
As a strategic partner to floChicago, The University of Chicago is providing on-campus facilities such as a dorm rooms and dining halls. The University will also provide college preparation resources, leadership experts, and evaluation professionals to assure program outcomes are clearly defined and achieved.

Who should apply for Future Leaders of Chicago?
floChicago will select a diverse group of about 30 Chicago-area high school students. floChicago candidates must have 1) proven leadership experience in their school, community, organization, or family, 2) ability to work with a diverse group, 3) intellectual rigor (minimum 2.7 GPA preferred), and 4) strong record of high school attendance. In order to apply, students must receive a nomination from a teacher, counselor, principal, or supervisor. All candidates must be rising high school seniors by August 1, 2019.

Can students who do not live in the city apply to floChicago? 
While the majority of each floChicago cohort are students that live and/or attend school in the City of Chicago, each cohort also includes some students from the nearby suburbs. We encourage all interested Chicagoland students to apply.

How much does the program cost for students to participate?
The program will be offered free of charge to all participants.

What is the selection criteria for students applying to floChicago?
floChicago utilizes the following selection criteria:

1) Proven leadership experience in a school, community, organization, or family,
2) Ability to work in a diverse group,
3) Intellectual rigor (minimum 2.7 GPA preferred),
4) Strong record of high school attendance, and
5) Applicants must be completing their junior year of high school when they submit their application.

Please send all questions about the application process to