Freshman Leadership Program (FLP)

Empowering students for leadership through FLP.

Freshman Leadership Program FLP at Creighton

Freshman Leadership Program (FLP) is a nationally-recognized living and learning community. Accepting 60 first-year students, FLP provides opportunities for students to develop their own leadership styles. The members of the program are given sophomore mentors with whom they attend weekly seminars and service projects to explore the pillars of leadership. The members of the program also work on two major community activism projects, attend a ropes course and retreat, and complete a portfolio project. 

Mission

The Freshman Leadership Program strives to cultivate leadership and self-development through a living-learning community. Freshmen are empowered through their community to become ethical citizen-scholars through engagement in community service, leadership seminars, peer mentoring, and academic coursework. These experiential activities enable the individual members to become leaders for and with others.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives are based on the three pillars of FLP:

  • Community: Freshmen completing FLP will develop a sense of community and foster relationships. 
  • Development: Freshmen completing FLP will be able to demonstrate a mastery of leadership concepts and theories. 
  • Character: Freshman completing FLP will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Jesuit mission and philosophy as it relates to their daily lives.

Apply

How to Apply:

Fill out the online application in the student portal.
Applications are due by January 5.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I know if I’ve been accepted?
Application status letters will be sent out by March 1.

How many people are accepted into the program every year? 
60 students, 30 male and 30 female, are accepted each year.

Is it possible to stay involved in FLP after my freshman year?
Absolutely! Upperclassmen serve as mentors, executives, and a student coordinator for the program.

What are some of the benefits of being in the program? 
FLP is a great way to be part of a community as soon as you get to school. It provides great leadership resources and challenges you to use your leadership to do service for and with others. The program also helps you build connections student leaders on campus. Many FLPers go on to hold leadership positions in student and community organizations.

Can I be in FLP and the Honors Program?
Unfortunately, you cannot be in both programs your freshman year. However, if you participate in FLP your freshman year you can apply for the Honors Program your sophomore year.

Does it cost more to be in FLP?
No. Being in FLP has no additional charges.

What is the time commitment of FLP?
Every Tuesday night from 7:30-9pm, students attend a leadership seminar with a guest speaker from the campus or Omaha community, or a workshop focused on building leadership skills (FLP students must not sign up for classes on Tuesday nights).  Students also participate in weekly service with their mentor groups. The day assigned is dependent on students’ schedules. Students are also pre-enrolled in a course that fits into the Magis Core. Finally, FLP students participate in one weekend service event each month and one social event each month.

Can I be involved in other activities on campus and FLP?
Absolutely. FLP is a great stepping stone to get involved. FLP helps to establish connections throughout the Creighton and Omaha communities.

If you have additional questions, please KatieKelsey [at] creighton [dot] edu (contact Katie Kelsey).

Activism

The purpose of FLP’s Community Activism is to empower freshmen to become agents of change by exploring the process of social change. It begins with time to research, learn and look for needs in the surrounding communities they’re passionate about addressing. Then, as leaders, the students develop a plan to work to improve the issue or need, which often involves bringing people together to accomplish the goal of affecting a need in the community. After the freshmen year, students often have the desire to continue their involvement with the cause and continue to make an impact.

Last year FLP raised over $5,500 for Precious Memories Daycare through a Thanksgiving Dinner fundraiser. FLP also donated 1,000 books and 60 blankets through its Spring Community Activism Project.

community

Community is one of the most important aspects of the Freshman Leadership Program. Sixty freshmen bring their experiences, energy, and passion and live together on the same floor. Each semester, community-building activities are offered through the program. These provide fun and challenging opportunities for the freshman to leave campus and get to know each other and themselves even better.

Examples of fun and challenging opportunities:

  • Ropes Course: An all-day activity, freshmen spend the morning focusing on team-building activities, supporting each other and work together toward a common goal. The afternoon is spent on a high ropes course, where new-found team-working skills are put to good use. 
  • Retreat in Griswold, Iowa: A weekend event designed to give freshmen a chance to relax, reflect, and have tons of fun! 
  • Holiday Celebrations: Birthdays, Thanksgiving, and winter holidays all receive grand attention – whether it’s cupcakes on the floor, a potluck dinner, or a gift-exchange. 

Mentors

The mentor component of the Freshman Leadership Program sets it apart from other groups on campus. Each freshman is placed into a mentor group, consisting of 5 other freshmen and two FLP graduates, which provide the opportunity to interact with a smaller group and form deeper relationships with one another.

After listening to speakers with the larger group, freshmen participate in reflection activities facilitated by their mentors. Mentor groups also participate in individual social activities, such as group dinners or outings off-campus. Many freshmen feel they find their “family away from home” when they establish a relationship with their groups. The bonds formed often continue even after freshman year. 

Portfolio Project

A unique part of the Freshman Leadership Program is that all members take part in a year-long reflective portfolio project.

The portfolio project allows students to reflect on what they’ve accomplished, learned, and experienced while in the program. This year, the portfolio includes a written blog and a collaborative, reflective mentor group video.

The portfolio project covers include the following topics:

  • Mission statement development
  • Jesuit values
  • Experiences in FLP
  • Reflections on leadership styles
  • Reflections on the FLP course
  • Reflections on service and community activism
  • Future leadership plans

Seminar

Each Tuesday, the members, mentors, and execs of the Freshman Leadership Program gather for a weekly seminar. These seminars are designed to help the members of the program explore the different aspects of leadership and develop their own leadership style in their community. 

Each month, the FLP Seminar focuses on a different style of leadership. This year’s seminars focused on:

  • Ethical Leadership 
  • Followership 
  • Heroic Leadership 
  • Integrity Leadership 
  • Servant Leadership 
  • Visionary and Transformational Leadership 
  • Strengths

Service

Service is an integral part of the Freshman Leadership Program. All students, mentors, and executives attend weekly service to eight different service sites. The service organizations are located throughout Omaha to allow students to experience community outside of campus. Service sites include: