New England Leadership Building with International Trip
Application Deadline: January 1, 2021
This is our signature youth leadership program modified to fit restrictions due to COVID-19. Individual youth will be placed in a team with other applicants to participate in a yearlong program of 50% in-person activities*, including an international trip to Northern Ireland in 2021, and 50% virtual sessions using Zoom and Google Classroom. Through this program, young people will complete FFI's three phases: Team Building, Skill Building, and Community Building, in line with FFI's RECIPE. To learn more about FFI's RECIPE visit this page.
Dedicated FFI staff member for the duration of the program
Professionally developed individual leadership plan (ILP) for each participant
Based on 200+ page curriculum
In-house team graphic design and Team logo
All-inclusive international Skill Building Trip (10-14 days)
Stay at the FFI Center at Annalong
35+ workshops and activities
2 formally trained FFI alumni leaders
20 hybrid sessions during the Team and Community Building Phases (New England)
Formal Team Building Seminar
Global Alumni facilitated cultural exchange and virtual sessions
Formal FFI Graduation Ceremony
Uniforms - 1 FFI sweatshirt, 4 FFI shirts
Waterbottle and daypack
Access to mini-grant for team-designed Social Action Project
$3,500 per participant**
*In-person programming is dependent on the State of NH guidelines for COVID-19.
**Need-based scholarships are available.
The 3 Phases of a Year-long Program
Team Building Phase
This phase occurs in the team’s home country. This is when participants meet for the first time to begin to break the ice and set expectations for the remainder of their program. During this phase, each team meets at least three times, including a parents meeting with FFI staff, and attends a 2-day preparation seminar with the other teams in their region.
Skill Building Phase
This is the two-week period spent in the United States or Northern Ireland depending on the origin of the team. Abandoning their cell phones, the team eats, lives, and travels as a single unit for the entire two weeks. On average, a team will participate in 35 activities during their Skill Building Phase, focused on volunteer service, community engagement, and leadership development. Each activity during this phase is aimed at preparing the team for their work when they return home.
Community Building Phase
After a team returns home, they continue to meet to take what they’ve learned and implement their new skills into their community. Over a series of at least 8 meetings, the team develops a Social Action Project that is designed to address a need in their community while engaging their families, friends, and neighborhoods in the process.