The Florida Civic Leadership Academy

The Florida Civic Leadership Academy is a two-year co-curricular program offered through the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida. Beginning in the 10th grade, it provides students with an opportunity to learn about Florida state and local government and to develop the skills of civic leadership by actually experiencing voluntary action, team-based community problem solving, and issue advocacy. FCLA students also interact with and learn from local and state civic leaders in both face-to-face and video environments.

Eligibility Requirements

An application must be completed. Students must also take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) in order to receive dual enrollment credit. This test can be taken at your local community college.

Academic Requirements

During their participation in FCLA, students will complete POS 2112, State and Local Government as an online course. UCF faculty will be responsible for course instruction and teaching. The course contains 10 modules which will be completed on a schedule determined by FCLA Teaching Associates.

Civic Engagement Requirements

The experiential component of the FCLA will make use of the community to offer students authentic, real-world lessons and civic learning opportunities. The intent of this aspect of the FCLA is that the broader community will become a laboratory for civic learning. Such "place-based" education has the potential to contribute to student learning in a variety of ways. Over a two year period, FCLA students will complete a minimum of 150 hours of experiential education under the guidance of the FCLA Teaching Associate. That experiential education will include three components: Service Learning, Team Problem Solving, and an Advocacy Internship.

Dual Enrollment

Students who successfully complete all of the requirements of POS 2112 will receive 3 hours of dual enrollment credit and .5 units of high school credit. Students who successfully complete all 150 hours of experiential learning assignments and associated written assignments will receive 3 hours of dual enrollment credit and .5 units of high school credit for SLS 2261, Leadership.

2011-2012 School Year

For the 2011-2012 school year, the Florida Civic Leadership Academy is being piloted in Volusia County. We anticipate opening this program to other school districts during the 2012-2013 school year.

For more information, contact Val McVey at valerie.mcvey@ucf.edu.