Future Hispanic Leaders of America


We are an organization with presence in several high schools in Southern Idaho. Our commitment is to ensure Latino youth succeed in going on beyond high school. We also promote Latino cultural pride and civic engagement. 

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Our History.

FHLA was co-founded by Luis Caloca (Vallivue High), Jose Soto (Glenns Ferry High), and James Velasquez (Valley High) in April 1997. These students were gathered at the Hispanic Youth Symposium and saw the need to unite in order to meet the challenges Hispanic students face in school. With the help of Ernie Guerra, the first meeting was held at Twin Falls High School. The first meeting met the challenge of setting the foundation for the organization. We have grown from an initial 4 schools and 13 members to 18 schools and hundreds of members throughout Southern Idaho. As we continue to organize and become more influential, we hope to share this opportunity with even more students.


Our Purpose

A. To help reduce the drop-out rate in Idaho schools and promote higher education

B. To stimulate Hispanics in becoming more involved in school and community activities.

C. To motivate Hispanic students to reach their maximum potentials and enhance the development of leaders in schools and communities.

D. To promote unity within schools and communities and promote Hispanic culture.

E. To promote awareness of the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse


Summer Trips

This past summer we sent students to Seattle, Washington for a STEM Trip Different students from the state of Idaho had the opportunity to go on the trip. While there students were able to tour Microsoft, Boeing and visit the University of Washington.


July 2018

“This Seattle Health and Technology Trip was one of the most enriching and fun experiences I've ever had. The students, the adults, and everyone else that made this trip possible did not go to waste, because what we experienced on this trip was incredible.”

~Noelle Medica