Future Leaders Program      

The Future Leaders Program is a seven-month high school-to-college pipeline program hosted by the Whitman School of Management’s faculty, staff, and students. The key focus is to engage and assist high school students from historically underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged communities. 

The student will meet one Saturday a month to participate in a comprehensive curriculum of college SAT preparation, professional development, and key leadership skill building. The students will be paired with Whitman business student mentors to assist them through the college preparation, entrepreneurship, and/or professional development journey. 

The students will be exposed to a variety of professional speakers, Whitman alumni of color, and faculty in the management discipline. 

The Whitman School will collaborate with external community partners: The YMCA, Say Yes to Education, and The Image Initiative, Inc.® Program recruiters will also include the Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse and The YMCA Teen Achievers Program.  

There is no participation fee for high school students. Whitman’s Office of Institutional Culture will seek grants and funding from corporate and other non-profit organizations that share the mission of advancing access and opportunity to our society's most underserved youth.  


The Future Leaders Program for 2023-24

Beginning September 23, 2023 

  • Leadership 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Access 
  • Diversity 
  • Coding


Program Overview: 
The Future Leaders Program is a college and career exploration program hosted by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in collaboration with the YMCA, The Image Initiative, Inc.® and Say Yes to Education.  Students will meet on Saturday, once a month to participate in a comprehensive curriculum of college preparation, professional development, leadership skill-building, and career exploration. 


There is no fee to attend this transformative program. 


The Program’s goal is to connect participants with successful Whitman students to create meaningful mentor relationships. 

As well as to: 

  • Increase representation of students of color in the management discipline. 
  • Help students develop key leadership skills and identify career goals—college, trades, entrepreneurship.



  • Reside in the City of Syracuse 
  • Grades 8-12 
  • From under-resourced communities


Apply Here

For more information please contact Diane Crawford, Executive Director of Institutional Culture at the Whitman School, Syracuse University: