The Future Community Leaders Certificate, FCLC, provides Chesterfield County high school students with the opportunity to learn about their local government, interact with government officials and engage in volunteerism to support the community. This certificate is a three-step process:
Attend a "Chesterfield County 101" session. This (one and a half hour) program will educate students on the basics of county government including, but not limited to, the districts, the Board of Supervisors and their positions, the budget, the broad spectrum of departments and positions/careers within the county, how government impacts residents (including teens) and how to get involved.
Attend a small group meeting with your district’s Board of Supervisors representative. This will offer participants an opportunity to meet their representative, learn about what their role is in the county, and ask questions in a more intimate setting. These meetings will likely take place on the same evenings as district meetings and will require advance signups.
Complete 25 hours of community service in the greater Richmond area. Ten (10) of those hours must be completed with Chesterfield County Government (Library, Parks and Recreation, CCPS, etc.). Completing 25 hours of community service also will get students halfway to the requirement for the Board of Education’s Seal for Excellence in Civics Education. Community service hours completed for other purposes (clubs, classes, etc.) can be counted towards this certificate.