Student LEAPS Program

The Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida (ATAF) Student Leadership Enhancement And Professional Success (LEAPS) Program is designed to prepare athletic training students to assume leadership positions in professional organizations. The mission of the ATAF Student LEAPS Program is to promote the professional development of athletic training students so that they feel confident and empowered to become engaged in the profession an assume a leadership role at the state, regional, national, or international level. The program will provide guidance and resources to enhance leadership skills for the athletic training student. Educational experiences offered through the program shall provide a foundation for athletic training students to seek leadership positions in professional organizations post-certification. Highlights of the program will include:

● Virtual seminars and readings on topics pertinent to leadership in the athletic training profession
● A series of virtual executive briefings presented by ATAF leaders or other leaders in the athletic training profession
● A formal mentorship component with members of the ATAF Executive Board or ATAF Committee Chairpersons which may include, but is not limited to, assisting with a special project or committee initiative
● The opportunity to interview athletic training leaders to gain insight on various leadership styles
● The development of an action plan focusing on career and leadership goals
● An in-person meeting affiliated with the annual ATAF Symposium and Business meeting focusing on the presentation of students’ experiences with the Student

Leadership Enhancement Program

The 12-month Student LEAPS Program consists of six virtual meetings facilitated by the Faculty Advisor or designee (members of ATAF University and College Athletic Training Student Committee) to discuss assigned readings. These virtual meetings will also include presentations from ATAF leaders relative to the role and responsibilities of their position as well as their personal career paths. After a one-on- one meeting with the Faculty Advisor, each student will be assigned a mentor. In concert with their mentors, each student is required to get involved with a committee and/or project focusing on an area that will enhance their knowledge and further their development as a future leader. Students will be asked to interview a minimum of three leaders in the athletic training profession and share their findings with the group. The Faculty Advisor will conduct virtual, individual meetings with each student several times during the year to assist in the development of an action plan focusing on career goals. During the month of July, affiliated with the ATAF annual meeting, students will meet to provide a brief presentation about their experience in the program.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the Student LEAPS Program:

● Athletic training student enrolled in a professional athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
● Prior experience in a leadership role is preferred

2016-2017 Leap Members

Daniella Eiroa
Florida International University

Kayla Luchan
Florida Southern College

Logan Ash
Florida Southern College

Michael Honeywell
University of West Florida

Rachel Blocker
University of West Florida

Robin Putira
Florida Southern College

Zoe Greim
Nova Southeastern University

Peter Anselmo
Florida International University

ATAF Mission

The Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida, Inc (ATAF) is an organization whose membership is dedicated to the comprehensive health care of our state’s athletes and other physically active individuals. The mission of the ATAF is to offer a diverse range of services to its members, while protecting the public’s interest by seeing that certified, licensed athletic trainer’s are available to provide proper medical care to our state’s athletes and the physically active.

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