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Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) is a NBMBAA initiative focused on improving the academic and leadership skills of minority high school students. Our goal is to increase the number of students entering college, especially in business-related disciplines. This program aims to equip the students with tools they will need to succeed. Mentors are professionals from the community who volunteer and interact with the students on a monthly basis to expose the students to different developmental areas to help ensure their success. Students also visit local companies and educational institutions as part of the program.

Mentors and students meet monthly for approximately three (3) hours to focus on developing the Leader’s skills in the following areas: academics, professional development and community service. Mentors encourage students to channel their intellect and ambition in a positive manner through various workshops, assignments, and activities.

Mission

The NBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow Program aims to provide mentors and resources to marginally academic performing high school students who have leadership potential but need exposure and motivation in order to make good choices about college, their career and their future. Targeted students include inner-city high school youth with an average academic record and good school attendance.

Program Initiatives

Monthly Workshops
LOT workshops are held monthly on the third Saturday of each month from Septemberimg_4542 through May. Invited speakers present and conduct workshops on various education and career-related topics.

Field Trips
Field Trips Leaders visit local corporations as well as partner with other youth within the city for field trips, to participate in community service activities, and to gain exposure to social and cultural differences.

NBMBAA Annual Conference
Select Leaders will receive subsidized expenses for a trip to the National Black MBA National Conference, the largest annual gathering of black business professionals in the world. These Leaders will attend business and entrepreneurship workshops with other leaders from the other 43 NBMBAA chapters across the country.

Scholarships/ Internships
The pursuit of a college degree is an expensive venture. However, through the participation in LOT there are opportunities for the leaders to earn scholarships such as with our annual case competition where the Leaders analyze and present a business case. The Columbus chapter placed first in the case competition in 2008 and earned a scholarship award for the team.

Program Requirements

  1. All Applicants must be full-time students attending high school in the Columbus area.
  2. All Applicants must be in good academic standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 out of a 4.0 scale. All Applicants are expected to maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to continue their participation in the program.
  3. All application materials must be typed or printed neatly with ink.
  4. All Applicants must submit the Leaders Expectations and Parental Success Contract Forms.
  5. Write a five paragraph (with between 3 & 4 sentences in each) essay on one of the following topics:
  6. My Career Aspirations
  7. What I Have To Offer The Leaders Of Tomorrow
  8. How have you (or will you) demonstrated leadership in your school and in your community?

Mentor/Coach Expectations

We are always looking for adults to teach, motivate, and guide our LOT students! Interested inimg_4497becoming a volunteer? The email our LOT committee at  lot@columbusbmba.org.
Time, corporate sponsorship dollars, and other resources are dedicated to each Leader’s development. As a result, Leaders are expected to:

  • Actively participate in all LOT activities.
  • Adhere to the rules and guidelines of the program.
  • Be committed to entering college.
  • Provide advance notice of missed sessions.
  • Complete assignments as requested.

Leader Benefits

  • Monthly Workshop Series on career goals, personal development, and preparation for the college experience.
  • Personalized individual assistance with the college application process (Juniors and Seniors only).
  • Exposure to and networking with minority business professionals; increasing the opportunity for an internship offer.
  • The chance to meet and network with thousands of MBA professionals and other LOT Leaders at the NBMBAA LOT National Conference