First Year Leadership Institute


The First-Year Leadership Institute (FYLI) is one of the premier leadership development opportunities offered to first-year students at the University of Minnesota (U of M). Student leaders are an essential part of the U of M community. These leaders can be found all over campus as officers of student organizations, Orientation Leaders, and in-and-around the University community. However, being a good leader doesn’t happen by accident. FYLI is designed to help build the leadership skills of current student leaders on campus.

FYLI is a cohort-based, intensive leadership development program designed for incoming U of M students who are enthusiastic, curious, and empowered to begin their leadership journey on the U of M campus! The program focuses on developing students’ self-awareness around leadership ideas and competencies as related to personal passion, group development, and contribution to the greater good.

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Program Structure

Each year, a select group of 30 first-year students will join this semester-long program that is designed to enhance leadership skills, foster intrapersonal, interpersonal, ethical, and moral development, and connect first-year students to the U of M and the surrounding communities. The program will begin in the Spring semester for admitted participants. At the beginning of the semester, students will spend two days at a team building retreat. During the course of the rest of the semester, students will be required to attend Wednesday night meetings, meet with a mentor, and work on a campus engagement project.