From The Fire

Leadership Academy
for Young Men

From The Executive Director: 

“From The Fire Leadership Academy For Young Men (FTF) has its origins in At The Well Leadership Academy for Young Women (ATW).  Like its Big Sister, FTF is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization that enriches the lives of young male scholars from various socio-economic backgrounds.  And as its Sister does, FTF empowers these Scholars by educating them in Leadership and Life skills, setting them apart from others and thus starting them on their Journey to Success.”  If you are the parent of a young lady, I encourage you to visit the ATW website and enroll her in an ATW program.  And if you’re a brother please pass the ATW website onto your sister(s) and parents.

~Shurman L. Riggins, Executive Director
From The Fire Leadership Academy For Young Men


From The Fire is a Leadership Academy for Young Men (FTF) is primarily conducted as a two week boarding program on the campus of Princeton University.  The Program is tailored to 10th – 12th grade scholars from diverse socio-economic backgrounds with Weekend Intensive Programs aimed at 8th through 9th grade scholars.  After attending our Weekend Intensive program 10th graders may be eligible to attend the Two-Week Program.

In 2021 FTF is introducing its Alumni Weekend Intensive Program aimed at those scholars who have attended the Two-Week program. Our Alumni Program is dedicated to fostering the FTF Brotherhood, increasing Alumni’s Leadership skills and preparation for college/education success and future success in their chosen career.

All programs will have instruction in Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Goal Setting, Planning, Critical Reading, Critical Writing and Social Awareness. Attending scholars should be prepared to dedicate the required time to complete assignments in these courses.

From the Fire seeks to nurture and cultivate these scholars by providing them an enriched learning environment that delivers Leadership Development through a transformative educational experience via instruction, mentoring and coaching from seasoned influencers culminating in an exceptional Rites of Passage program.