Bloomington Future Leaders
The Bloomington Future Leaders (BFL) program brings together students from Bloomington High Schools with mentors in the local business community. Activities include Fall and Winter Business Conferences and Spotlight Speaker series at Jefferson and Kennedy High Schools. The program also awards scholarships to graduating seniors at Jefferson and Kennedy High Schools who exemplify the characteristics of a Bloomington Future Leader. The program is a joint effort between Bloomington public schools and the Bloomington Chamber.
Ways to Impact our Future Leaders
- Fall and Winter Business Conferences
- Spotlight Speaker Series
- Mentorship Opportunities
- Support of student preparation for regional and state DECA competitions
Contact Anna Stinson at 612.370.9123 for details.
Bloomington Future Leaders provides scholarships and mentoring opportunities to students at Jefferson and Kennedy high schools in Bloomington, Minn. Students in pre-business classes take part in two one-day business conferences, one in the fall and one in the winter. Chamber volunteers provide students with insights about their fields and career choices and take part in the scholarship application review and interview process. This program works in partnership with Bloomington ISD #271.
2020 Winter Conference
Speed Mentoring was the focus of the Bloomington Future Leaders half-day Winter Conference. Chamber volunteers represented ten career pathways from Engineering to Tourism, from Finance to Marketing. Students spent 10 minutes with each industry representative listening and asking questions and received a lot of information in a short amount of time. The BFL program works to connect our business community with our Bloomington Jefferson and Kennedy high school students as they explore and prepare for the world of work – and their pathways to get there.
2019 Fall Conference
Students from Jefferson and Kennedy high schools met with members of the Bloomington business community in November at the BFL Fall Conference. The conference theme was Networking and Personal Development. Speaker Joe Harstad from Stevie Ray’s Improv Company shared ways to improve networking, problem solving, flexibility, professionalism and others skills that they will need as they work towards their career goals.
Spotlight Speaker Series
Through the Bloomington Future Leaders program the Bloomington Chamber is working with our local school district on a Spotlight Speaker Series where we bring in subject experts to talk to high school students who have expressed interest in that field. We want to offer students an opportunity to learn from and network with industry professionals in that area. Students are invited to the program via email based on their selections from their district-guided Personal Growth Plan. We piloted the program with 6 slots in the spring of 2018 and expanded it to 12 slots for the 2018-2019 school year. We have now created a full year (18 slots) of programming for 2019-2020. We also partner with Best Prep who serves as a resource to each speaker on logistics and can provide him or her with typical material to cover about each career and what highlights to point out to students. You can check out this link on the school district website which highlighted the program kickoff.
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