Freshman Leadership Program (FLP)

Empowering students for leadership through FLP.

Freshman Leadership Program FLP at Creighton

The Freshman Leadership Program (FLP) is a nationally-recognized living and learning community on Creighton University’s campus. Accepting 60 first year students, FLP strives to provide 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 to explore the different pillars of leadership. Additionally, the members of the program work on two major community activism projects, attend a ropes course and retreat, and complete a final portfolio project to show the growth they have made throughout the year. FLP provides an environment based off of three pillars: community, development, and character. With these pillars, FLP empowers students to take the first step towards leadership on campus.

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 based of the following three pillars of FLP: community, development, and character.

  • 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 FLP Application in the Student Portal.
Applications are due by January 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I know whether I got in or not?
We can guarantee that the letters will be sent out by March 1st at the latest.

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 your Freshman year?
Absolutely! FLP is a student run organization. Upperclassmen are the mentors, executives, and the student coordinator for the program.

What are some of the benefits to being in FLP? 
It is a great way to be part of a community as soon as you get to school. Also, it provides great resources for you to grow as a leader and challenges you to use your leadership to do service for and with others. Another great benefit of being in FLP is that it helps you build connections with 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, 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 that is focused on building leadership skills.  Due to the nature of Tuesday night FLP commitments we require that all students not sign up for classes on Tuesday nights.  Students participate in weekly service with their mentor groups and the day assigned is dependent on the students’ schedules. Students are also pre-enrolled in a course that fits into the Magis Core. Other than that, we have one weekend service event a month and about one social event a 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 still have questions please contact Katie Kelsey: katiekelsey [at] creighton [dot] edu ">katiekelsey [at] creighton [dot] edu 

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 the students having the time to research, learn and look for needs in the surrounding communities.  After that, they choose an issue or need that they are passionate about and want to improve.  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.   Hopefully, after the freshmen year, students will have the desire to continue the involvement with the cause or organization and see changes throughout their Creighton careers.

Last year we raised over $5,500 as a gross amount on the Thanksgiving Dinner, and donated 1,000 books and 60 blankets for our 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, the freshmen spend the morning focusing on team-building activities, having to support each other and work together toward a common goal.  The afternoon is spent on a high ropes course, where their new-found team-working skills are put to good use. 
  • FLP Retreat at Creighton’s Retreat Center in Griswold, Iowa:  The retreat is a weekend event designed to give the freshmen a chance to relax, reflect, and have tons of fun! 
  • Holiday Celebrations: Birthdays, Thanksgiving, and winter holidays all receive grand attention whether it is cupcakes on the floor, a huge potluck, or a gift-exchange. 

Mentors

The mentor component of the Freshman Leadership Program is what sets it apart from other groups on campus.  Each freshman is placed into a mentor group, consisting of 5 other freshmen along with two FLP graduates. The mentors act as resources to their groups and provide the freshmen with advice and direction, helping them get the most out of their Creighton experience. Since there are 60 people in the program, mentor groups give freshmen the opportunity to interact with a smaller group and form relationships with people on a different level.

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, allowing the group to become closer on an informal level. Many freshmen feel as though they find their “family away from home” when they establish a relationship with their groups. The bonds formed continue even after freshman year. Mentors are part of what makes FLP such a special program, providing one of the many ways in which people can form life-long relationships while putting the principles of leadership into action.

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 is a way that allows everyone involved in the Freshman Leadership Program to reflect on what they have done, learned, and experienced while in the program. This year, the portfolio includes a partnership between a written blog and a reflective mentor group video that members work together to complete.

The Portfolio Project will include the following topics:

  • Mission Statement Development
  • Jesuit Values
  • Experiences in FLP
  • Seminar reflections on different leadership styles
  • Reflections on the FLP class from second semester
  • Service and Community Activism reflections
  • 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. Seminars can range from speakers who come in from the Creighton or Omaha community, workshops presented by the executive team, or even celebrations of the seasons!

Each month, FLP Seminar focuses on a different style of leadership and directs the seminar to reflect the various aspects of that leadership style. Here is the current lineup for leadership styles this year:

  • August/September: Ethical Leadership 
  • October: Followership 
  • November: Heroic Leadership 
  • December/January: Integrity Leadership 
  • February: Servant Leadership 
  • March: Visionary and Transformational Leadership 
  • April/May: 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. These are weekly service sites for this semester:

Precious Memories Daycare

Precious Memories is a daycare who believes that every child needs and deserves the best possible care while his parents are working or going to school, especially those with special needs. They accept children with all types of physical, mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.  Their mission is to accept every child “as is”, regardless of his ability, and build from there.

The Hope Center for Kids

The Hope Center for Kids strives to faithfully inspire hope in the lives of youth and children through education, employability, collaboration and faith. The Hope Center for kids provides a safe after-school and summer program where children and youth can take part in academic support, youth development, employment training and receive a hot meal. 

Jesuit Academy

Jesuit Academy is an all-boys, Catholic school serving young men in grades 4-8.  Jesuit (formerly Jesuit Middle School of Omaha) opened in 1996 and has developed into a leader in urban Catholic education. We commit to helping our graduates through high school and into college. It’s their mission to be advancing the Hearts and Minds of Young Men.

Completely Kids

Completely KIDS ensures that families have access to the knowledge and skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty. It’s their mission to educate and empower kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community.

Kids Can!

At Kids Can Community Center, their mission is to educate, engage, and inspire children through early childhood care and out-of-school experiences. They are a childcare provider for children ages 18-months to 13-years old, offering full-day early childhood education and out-of-school programs.

Boys and Girls Club

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow, all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. With club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Their mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Siena/Francis House

The Siena/Francis House provides emergency overnight shelter to men, women, and women with children. The Siena/Francis House also provides food to the homeless through our Meal Provider Program, clothing, and case management outreach services through our day services program. The mission of the Siena/Francis House is directed toward a concern and care of the poor. This mission is realized in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and clothing the needy and to call the greater Omaha community to a social consciousness and to enlist help and support in the care of the homeless and the indigent.

Restored Hope

Restored Hope provides sanctuary, advancement, and community to single mothers and their children in abusive environments, giving them a safe place to live, assist in finding the mothers work and transportation as well as giving them a reason to live out a new future. Their mission is to break the cycle of poverty for single mothers who are in abusive environments so their children do not repeat the cycle in their lives.