City Leaders Program

8th-12th students have the opportunity to work with SAT/PSAT Prep tutors to strengthen their understanding of critical SAT components. FLOC can also assist families with applying for SAT test fee waivers. In addition, 11th and 12th-grade students work with coaches to complete college applications, fill out FAFSA forms, and identify relevant scholarship opportunities. Students also work on career exploration and workforce development to ensure they are prepared to transition out of high school no matter what path they choose.

100% of our City Leaders Program Scholars graduate high school


Once per week, 9th -12th grade students will work in small groups with a proven SAT curriculum. Participants will increase their understanding of critical SAT components through practice and coaching as they prepare for the proctored College Board exam.

Program participants take a number mock exams in preparation for the exams proctored by The College Board. Students are matched with trained tutors that guide them through test-taking skills and major SAT concepts. 

SAT courses are offered through a partnership with Prep Matters. FLOC students can also assist families with applying for PSAT/SAT test waivers.

College & Career Readiness

11th and 12th grade students work one-on-one with a volunteer coach through college applications, personal statements, scholarship and grant applications as well as the FAFSA process and more. With their coach, students will learn about different career paths, workforce development and best practices to post-secondary success.

Project Based Learning

In the City Leaders Program’s project-based workshops, students explore the intersections of STEM and the Arts as they related to a broader annual theme. Throughout the program, students explore ways to positively impact their neighborhood and community while working towards completing a capstone project.

Students earn community service hours and acquire the skills necessary to become leaders in their neighborhoods and communities. Professional coaches lead students in projects that are designed for students to engage both their peers and community. These projects often take advantage of FLOC’s connections with local universities, cultural institutions, businesses, and other organizations, and open young minds to the wider world around them.

The Fred Taylor Scholarship Fund

The Fred Taylor Scholarship Fund, a For Love of Children endowment, was created to support economically disadvantaged youth on the path to successful completion of a postsecondary education.

The fund was created to honor FLOC’s founding director, Fred Taylor, who recognized the transformative power of education to break the cycle of poverty. Fred envisioned a community in which every young person is empowered to discover and nurture unique talents; graduate from high school; earn a postsecondary degree; and thrive as contributing members of their communities.

FLOC has awarded more than $300,000 in higher education scholarships since 2000.

Postsecondary Scholars

Academic and career challenges do not end with high school, and neither do FLOC programs. Students enrolled in the City Leaders Postsecondary Program continue to receive support and guidance as they navigate their college or vocational school experience. FLOC supports postsecondary scholars with:

  • Individualized Academic Guidance
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Encouragement to join campus social activities and perform community service
  • FLOC Alumni social gatherings
  • Exam Care Packages
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