The TSLF Programs
TSLF provides programs that help underserved youth matriculate from secondary school students to post-secondary students and career professionals. The students’ journeys begin with participation in a Job Readiness Program and the 40 Futures Initiative program on the secondary level within the public school system.
The 40 Futures Initiative is a program that aims to transform the lives of 40 underserved youth from local high schools by providing students with innovative life skills training that includes personal discovery assessments and coaching, business presentation and leadership development, and financial literacy sessions. The program is currently offered to Arlington Independent School District Dan Dipert Career & Technical Center (CTC) Hospitality Services Program students.
For two years, TSLF has offered an on-site hotel internship program for AISD Dan Dipert Hospitality Services and Tourism program students. The internships were hosted by the Sheraton Arlington and Hilton Arlington. The hotel internship students had the opportunity to learn about hotel operations by working alongside hotel professionals. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the onsite internship program has been suspended. Currently, TSLF is providing hotel training through the American Hotel Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) learning modules and the Knowledge Matters hotel simulation program. Students who complete the program will graduate with a hospitality guest services certification.
Students who successfully complete the high school program and enter college at Tarrant County College or UT Arlington can apply for a TSLF scholarship. TSLF offers seven (7) scholarships annually for students interested in careers in travel and tourism. The scholarships are available for TCC Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts students and UT Arlington Kinesiology Sports, Leadership & Management Program students.
TSLF provides an innovative Milestones Mentoring Program for all TSLF scholarship recipients. This is a yearlong mentoring program and is designed for post-secondary students interested in careers in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts or Kinesiology Sports Leadership & Management programs. The sessions are taught by professional and certified life coaches.
TSLF launched the flagship Milestones Mentoring Program in the fall of 2020. The mentoring program was designed to further assist in the growth of scholarship recipients by providing students with individual and cohort mentoring, life skills coaching and personal discovery assessments. Industry mentors are assigned to scholarship recipients/mentoring program participants during their second year of study.
Most college students are required to complete an internship program prior to graduation. TSLF works closely with industry partners to help students secure internships. The college internship hour requirements are based on university guidelines.
TSLF is launching a new innovative Open Door Mentoring program for students who participate (or participated) in TSLF high school and college programs. Additionally, the Open Door Mentoring program will support the ongoing operations of the TSLF Milestones Mentoring Program for TCC and UT Arlington scholarship recipients.
The program will provide students with the opportunity to be mentored virtually by certified and professional life coaches. The mentors will set weekly Open Door appointments for students.