WHAT IS A FANTASTIC LEARNING OPPORTUNITY?

FLOs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have three things in common: they are
EXTERNAL, EDUCATIONAL, VOLUNTARY programs that take place outside of the traditional classroom, are aligned to the student's unique interests, and have an explicit career, college, or leadership focus. 

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EXTERNAL

FLOs are planned, organized, and executed by providers outside of a high school’s faculty. Providers include non-profit organizations, companies, professional institutions, associations, or undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities.

EDUCATIONAL

While FLOs come in different configurations of program length, theme and physical location, all FLOs seek to expose, educate, and develop students’ knowledge, skills, and leadership ability to succeed in college and high quality careers.

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VOLUNTARY

FLOs involve a voluntary, formative and educational application process that requires students to voluntarily seek out the learning experience, mirroring the college application process.

EXAMPLE PROGRAMS

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YOUNG OWLS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

RICE UNIVERSITY

YOLP focuses on preparing students for college by designing a curriculum and program around the college application process, college life, and leadership and personal development.

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CIEE HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER ABROAD

30 GLOBAL LOCATIONS

 Travelers can explore a different culture in more than 30 amazing destinations across the world. They will come home with new skills, newfound passion, a broader perspective – and maybe even college credits!

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AVIATION SUMMER ACADEMY

ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY

Certified flight instructors and student mentors guide participants through hands-on activities in flight science, aviation management, aerial navigation, aircraft design, unmanned aerial vehicles and air traffic control.

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VOYAGEUR OUTWARD BOUND GRIEVING TEENS TREK

MINNESOTA

Participants work through hands-on adventure curriculum and daily routines to help them process grief all while paddling Minnesota's Boundary Waters and camping.

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MEDICINE IN MEXICO

PUEBLA, MEX

An unforgettable academic and cultural immersion experience in Mexico that provides students opportunities to engage through innovative and hands-on learning, participate in multicultural activities, and enhance their Spanish language. 

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YOUTH ABOUT BUSINESS

NEW YORK CITY

Explore the merger & acquisition process through the mentorship of accountants, lawyers, business leaders and more while exploring New York City.