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Meet Team CIA

Durham, New Hampshire, August 4th - August 14th

These eight young people are participating in our U.S.-based Immersion Program and are coming from eight different states! Their FFI journey will help them to develop their communication, self-reflection, and empathic leadership skills. They will be staying in the Raiche Farmhouse from August 4th-14th.

Stay tuned for when they create their team name, logo, and slogan, which will be featured on this page!

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Home State: Arizon​a

Important Issues:

Homelessness, food insecurity, access to tutoring and extra help for high school students

How do you imagine yourself as a leader?

I would really like to be a political leader in congress. I think I could make a real difference in the world by helping to lead this country in the right direction. I am very passionate about a lot of issues, including women's rights and racial equality. I would lead by working with others to create a better world.

If I were a ____, I would be a...
Plant: dandelion
Animal: cat

Favorite Inspirational Quotes:

"If you can dream it, you can do it"

- Walt Disney


Home State: Idaho

Important Issues:

Access to free tutoring, support and resources for refugees

How do you imagine yourself as a leader?

I imagine myself in a community that has been struggling and me leading a project with other workers trying to help that community. I would be leading because I have always wanted to help other people and make an impact on a community. Human rights are something that I have always felt passionate about, and that's where I would put my leadership skills towards.

If I were a ____, I would be a...
Plant: forget-me-not
Animal: dolphin

Favorite Inspiration Quote:
"It is our choices, Harry, that what we truly are, far more than our abilities." 

- Dumbledore

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Home State: South Dakota

Important Issues:

Missing and murdered indigenous peoples, the suicide epidemic, resources for young people dealing with drug and alcohol addiction

How do you imagine yourself as a leader?

I see myself as a young Lakota woman leading the younger generation to a brighter tomorrow. I'm showing them there is more to life than just the reservation. Teaching them that there is a bigger world than the small plot of land we were placed on.

If I were a ____, I would be a...
Plant: morning glory
Animal: buffalo

Favorite Inspiration Quote:
"I am thankful for the nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, and dreams that turned into reality"


Home State: Illinois

Important Issues:

Police brutality, racial wealth inequality, mass incarceration, disparity in vaccine rollout for minority communities

How do you imagine yourself as a leader?

Leading a generation of spiritually enlightened individuals who also are aware that they are leaders within themselves too. I am influencing others to become sources of inspiration in their own way, and finding their own meanings in life. Life is too short to say you'll do it later. Do everything you can do before you have to leave Earth. I also am very committed to sharing philosophical ideas and having deep desire to learn for the pursuit of knowledge.

If I were a ____, I would be a...
Plant: rose bush
Animal: wolf

Favorite Inspirational Quote

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." - Audrey Hepburn

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Home State: North Dakota

Important Issues:

Mental health, natural conservation

How do you imagine yourself as a leader?

I see myself at the head of a room, directing a group of people on a specific project, telling them what needs to be done, and what specifics need to be there in the overall solution.

If I were a ____, I would be a...
Plant: pine tree
Animal: octopus

Favorite Inspiration Quote:

"If you think about it, we're all different people throughout our lives, we all change, and that's ok, you have to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be."
"There are two types of people in this world, those who take advantage of opportunity and those who forge it themselves"


Home State: Pennsylvania

Important Issues:

Police brutality, systemic racism, opportunities for young people

How do you imagine yourself as a leader?

I see me standing in the middle of a stage asking the opinions of my previous instructions to a group of open minded fellow classmates. My group has been instructed to rack their brains and the internet on knowledge of how black public speakers influences people of all ages, race, and ethnicity.

If I were a ____, I would be a...
Plant: sunflower
Animal: owl

Favorite Inspiration Quote
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

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Home State: Colorado

Important Issues:

Gender inequality, acceptance of natural hair in the workplace for black women, inequalities in the justice system

How do you imagine yourself as a leader?

Leading in a way that I am equal with my counterparts. I find that I am perfectly able to take charge and direct people, but I find that as a leader I want to feel one with my followers rather than towering over them. I can imagine myself pulling people together and organizing tasks yet still making it so that they do not feel like I am a dictator.

If I were a ____, I would be a...
Plant: weeping willow
Animal: orca

Favorite Inspirational Quote

"Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations"


Home State: Tennessee

Important Issues:

Gay rights and acceptance, people being open-minded

How do you imagine yourself as a leader?

I see myself either in a classroom or on stage, inspiring young people to chase their dreams by sharing my story.

If I were a ____, I would be a...
Plant: tree
Animal: gold retriever

Favorite Inspiration Quote:

The entire message of You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen

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Logistical Information

Program Focus

Leadership, Communication, Public Speaking

Number of Participants


Number of Leaders

3 (includes FFI Staff and Alumni)

Ages of Students


Team Interests

Art, music, games

Dietary Restrictions

Options with no pork and no seafood


Walnuts, pecans


15-Passenger Van


Provide a Scholarship

In order for FFI to make these programs 100% tuition-free for accepted applicants, we rely upon individuals, companies, and foundations to donate towards scholarships. If you would like to do so, please click the button below for an online gift or mail a check to our Headquarters at 1 Morgan Way, Durham, NH 03824. Please be sure to include a note directing your funds.

One full scholarship equals $3,000, but gifts of all sizes make an impact on the lives of the youth participants.