Transforming Our Future Today
With a focus on inclusive excellence, our mission is to expand and diversify the pipeline of talented leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in Southern California by investing in today’s brilliant students.
The Merage School Future Leaders Initiative (FLI) guides, inspires and empowers high school and community college students from Southern California’s underserved communities. FLI is a community outreach and certificate program consisting of remote and in-person courses focused on delivering a tailored business education and enhancing financial literacy. FLI’s goals are to encourage university enrollment, increase college readiness, and prepare students for careers at the intersection of business, technology and entrepreneurship. The Future Leaders Initiative leverages UCI’s state-of-the-art educational resources, the expertise of globally renowned faculty and leading-edge curricula to offer hands-on mentorship and professional training in these crucial academic areas.
Academic studies emphasize how low financial literacy threatens the future prosperity of many Americans – especially those from underserved communities. The Merage School underscores access to financial and business curricula essential to long-term success for these students and their families. As a result, the Future Leaders Initiative will highlight financial literacy, and the technological business careers these families can harness to support their communities and propel the economy forward.
Future Leaders Initiative (FLI) Match Opportunity:
Student success is built through learning and mentorship that embraces diverse backgrounds. We are grateful to our alumni and community members for their support of FLI and thank Gareth Forde, M.D. ’14, Ph.D. for his vision and thoughtful leadership. The Paul Merage School of Business focuses on this core theme: to provide opportunities that enhance the social and economic well-being of our students’ diverse communities. With your help, we will train the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators who will leverage business and technology to create the new products, services and organizations that enhance the economic and social well-being of their communities.
Give today in support of FLI and your gift will be matched up to $250,000.