Previously published in Auburn Family.
Freshman Leadership Program is one of Auburn’s leadership organizations, containing nine different groups, each lead by upperclassmen, focusing on individual objectives throughout the academic year to teach leadership skills, strengthen the community and encourage involvement.
“It’s a really great way to learn leadership qualities and professional development. It’s also a wonderful community for your first year of college,” said Mizna Kanafani, 2016-2017 Freshman Leadership Program (FLP) president.
This year 405 freshmen were accepted into a FLP, with each group having 45 members. The groups are Philanthropy and Leadership, This Is Auburn, Global Leadership, All For Auburn, ELITE, Health & Wellness, LEAP, SERVE and Freshman Forum.
A majority of the programs are the same from year to year, with the exception of the All For Auburn group. This group partners with Miss Auburn every year to further her campaign initiatives on campus and in the community.
This year’s All For Auburn group is working with this year’s Miss Auburn, Madison Rolling. This group will focus on collecting clothing donations in accordance with her campaign, “fill the rack with Rolling.”
Other programs work with different university outlets and organizations. Freshman Forum works with Auburn’s Student Government Association (SGA), while many other groups pair with local Auburn and Opelika initiatives and nonprofits. Some of these include working with Soles4Souls, Auburn University Dance Marathon, Joyland Daycare, Lee County Humane Society, Storybook Farm and Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau.
“I wouldn’t have the same goals for my future that I do right now if it weren’t for that experience,” Kanafani said on her freshman year in FLP, “you never know how impactful one organization is going to be in your life.”
The goal of this organization is to encourage students to be involved on-campus and in the community, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.
Applications and interviews occur in the first weeks of every fall semester and the groups meet weekly throughout the fall and spring semesters.
All FLP events or fundraisers will be displayed on the AUinvolve homepage and onFLP’s website