Leaders for Life (L4L)

What is Leaders For Life (L4L)?
Leaders For Life is a four-year, cohort-based leadership development and retention program where students participate in a special curriculum and earn scholarships. The first year includes selected UNPR 10211 sections, Connections, mentoring meetings with trained upper-division mentors and Leaders For Life staff, begin to craft an online portfolio of their learning, and participant in campus-wide events. The second year includes continued curriculum focusing on opportunities to increase financial literacy, set goals, create action plans and increase resilience in an off-campus retreat- the Sophomore Getaway, and become trained as an upper-division mentor. The third and fourth years turn focus to mentoring lower-division students and preparation for leadership after college. Students evaluate their program components at various times throughout their involvement and the information is used to continually improve the program to meet student needs.


How are students selected?
Students are invited to apply for L4L in early summer before their first year at TCU. Student Development Services works with offices across campus to collect a diverse pool of invitees based on keywords, interests and involvements in their admission materials. We strive for a cohort of students with great potential for leadership, an interest in being mentored, an interest in becoming a trained mentor, and students who possess unique perspectives and experiences. Students are selected based on their application responses.


How is it different from other leadership programs at TCU?
L4L is unique in several ways including its mentoring component involving both trained upper-division students and professional staff. The UNPR 10211 courses in the first year are taught by select faculty and staff who work to integrate the student experience and make strong connections between classroom and campus experiences. L4L students develop a strong bond in their cohort and are able to benefit from that group of peers for the entire TCU career, which is unlike many program which start well into the freshman year. L4L focuses on transitional needs of students while developing and building leadership skills. L4L also aims to recruit a diverse group of perspectives, further supporting the TCU mission: To educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.


What will the L4L experience be like?
Each year, students will have a specific curriculum which they will be responsible for completing including a menu of obligations (the must-do’s) and opportunities (choose a certain number of items from a list of many). L4L students not only earn a scholarship but are also exposed to high quality curricular and co-curricular experiences that are only available through this program. As L4L is a competitive and prestigious leadership program, students are held to a high standard in and out of the classroom.


Can transfers participate in L4L?
At this time L4L recruits from the incoming freshman class. We are examining a way to give transfers a comparable experience and encourage exploring the Leadership Scholars program, which can be started at any point in a student’s TCU career. www.leadership.tcu.edu


The curriculum for L4L is broken into four years.

Year One

1. Enrollment in a specifically designated UNPR section
2. Participation in TCU Connections
3. Completion of a FrogFolio
4. Participation in at least 1 university-wide event each semester
5. Meetings with student mentor 8 times during the course of the first year

Year Two

1. Meet with student mentor 8 times during the course of the second year
2. Meet with staff mentor at least 2 times each semester
3. Continued progress on the FrogFolio
4. Participation in at least 1 university-wide event each semester (1 event must be the Sophomore Getaway or approved alternative retreat experience)

Years Three and Four

1. Participate in training workshop on “how to be an effective peer mentor/coach”
2. Serve as a student mentor to the incoming cohort and meet with student mentee 8 times during the course of the third year and fourth year (same mentee over the course of the two years)
3. Continued progress on the FrogFolio
4. Participation in at least 1 university-wide event each semester