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Building Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs

Location of Program: 

Central Illinois Connection Center 

404 E. Locust St. 

Chatsworth, IL 60921

Transportation to and from the program can be provided if arranged ahead of time.

Class Hours: 8 am – noon

Wednesday, June 8th – Friday, June 10th 

Monday, June 13th – Friday June 17th

Monday, June 20th – Thursday June 23rd

Monday June 27th – Thursday June 30th

Facilitator: Lesley King | Email: Cell: 217-781-1587

Age Requirements: The program is offered to 8th grade graduates through 12th grade graduates.


Description of Program:

The BFL-E (Building Future Leaders & Entrepreneurship) program combines experiential, engaged lecture, collaborative and project based learning to empower students to make a difference in their lives, families, school, community and world.

Through small and large group discussions, lectures, team building activities, journaling and community engagement, business tours, and guest speakers students will actively pursue and learn relevant leadership skills such as: personality awareness, core-values, character and integrity, critical thinking/problem solving, time management and attitude while taking a peek at entrepreneurism.

This is a lecture/lab/collaborative/interactive/speakers/business tour program. The students complete the assignments given both during class and outside of class. The basic course will concentrate on orienting students into business/leadership concepts.

Course Objectives:

1.   Communication: Demonstrate proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, listening and teamwork skills.

2.   Critical Thinking: Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

3.   Value based objectives/awareness of different values and personalities of others.

4.   Quantitative Skills:  Demonstrate use of analytical skills and processes to interpret, evaluate and solve problems.

5.   Paid internships in your area of interest/career/ or job

$300 Paid Internship: Upon completion of the program, we connect students with the opportunity of a paid $300 internship. Throughout the program students learn more about their personal interests and strengths. We then work with students and do our best to find an internship within their field of interests. Students are given the year following the completion of the program to work for 25 total hours and are then paid $300. These internships have allowed students to gain experience within their field of interests and in several cases have led to job offers.


·         Improved social skills and communication

·         Improved problem-solving skills

·         Builds your resume

·         $300 dollar internship

Class Facilitator: Lesley King will be facilitating the class once again this year. She is a John C. Maxwell Certified Business and Life Coach. Lesley’s uplifting and energetic personality combined with her motivational speaking experience makes the program exciting and professional.

Register Now: Visit the Boys’ and Girls’ Club’s website to fill out an application!

We would like to say thank you to our sponsors! Thanks to: The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Enbridge, Inc., Pembina, The Boys and Girls Club of Livingston County, and The Community Connection, all tuition costs are fully taken care of! We are thankful to offer this program completely free to students and parents

Contact Information: Registration is now open! If you have questions, please contact Jodi Martin, CEO of the Boys’ & Girls’ Club of Livingston County. (847) 989-8464, We are looking forward to hearing from you!