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Student Programs

Tomorrow's Leaders

Developed by FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, Tomorrow's Leaders is a leadership training program designed for high school juniors.  Through a series of structured activities and events, Tomorrow's Leaders participants get to meet and interact with community leaders who share their thoughts, concerns and hopes about current issues, community resources and various factors impacting the future of Volusia County. Tomorrow's Leaders prepares students for constructive leadership, responsible citizenship and active participation in the affairs of Volusia County and beyond.

The six-month program begins in October with an orientation session for students and parents. Each month thereafter, students attend a seminar or workshop focusing on a specific topic, such as Criminal Justice, Social Services, Healthcare,  Manufacturing, the Arts, Government, and Education.  During each seminar, students interact with community leaders who share insights on goal setting, effective communication, time management, motivation, human behavior and other aspects of effective leadership.
Throughout the Tomorrow's Leaders program, students are challenged in their understanding and awareness of the complexities of relationships, teamwork and problem solving. Skills, perspectives, and relationships gained during the program will help students set and achieve personal and professional goals, and better prepare them to assume leadership positions.
Students from all ten high schools are selected to participate in the FUTURES Foundation leadership training programs. Through the seminars, participants are challenged to expand their awareness of the interrelationships and complexities of our community.

Turn Around

As part of Volusia County School's drop-out prevention program, the Turn Around program recognizes middle and high school students who have demonstrated a marked improvement in school involvement and citizenship.

The program honors a student at each grade level in the middle and high schools who have shown a dramatic achievement in at least two of the following areas:
a. attendance
b. attitude (marked by reduction in numbers of referrals)
c. grades (improvement in grades, not necessarily the highest grades)
d. citizenship (school involvement)

Principals, with the input of guidance counselors and teachers, recommend a student in each grade level whose behavior and grades have shown a marked improvement this school year (or from one year to the next).

Each Turn Around student and his/her parents/guardians are invited to a celebration hosted by FUTURES. School principals, School Board members, District administrators, and members of FUTURES join in the celebration as each student receives a certificate. The Turn Around student's name also is engraved on a plaque proudly displayed at their school.

Many of the Turn Around students have not received positive recognition in the past. Therefore it is our goal that they be reached, motivated, and rewarded as they turn their lives around!