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:
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.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the Student LEAPS Program:
2016-2017 Leap Members