Three Tailored Programs

Amherst LEADS’ customized curriculum for each of its three programs provides the building blocks for successful leaders.



First-Year Initiative (FYI) Program


Futures Program


Captains Program

The FYI Program empowers all first-year student-athletes to think deeply about their role as first-year team members and to lead themselves. The program discusses what is expected of student-athletes on campus, teaches the proud history of Amherst College, and impresses upon them a set of responsibilities as Amherst student-athletes.
The Futures Program prepares student-athletes for the challenges that await them as team leaders. Participants, who include Amherst sophomore and junior student-athletes, will  assess their own strengths and weaknesses, examine different leadership styles, learn effective communication skills, and develop strategies to continue to excel as leaders.       
The Captains Program is designed specifically for the captains of Amherst teams and serves as the capstone program of Amherst LEADS. Beginning with the Captains Symposium in the fall, our student-athletes share in their successes and lessons learned as they navigate their ultimate leadership role.