Who operates FELC?
The Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge is the flagship program of the Jesse Helms Center Foundation, a non-profit, education museum and archive located in Wingate, North Carolina. Since its creation in 1995, the program has seen over 8,300 graduates and been conducted in many states and international countries including Mexico and Uruguay. The Jesse Helms Center is a member of the Union County Chamber of Commerce and is a registered charity with all states which require formal registration. FELC is conducted by the Helms Center with different universities contractually providing housing/dining/meeting space.
We will not be able to provide airport/train station/bus transportation for students who wish to attend our program from outside states. Parents/guardians must accompany student participants and should plan on arranging their own travel.
Safety and Security
The safety of students who participate in our program is our number one concern. All universities where the programs take place are accredited schools with round the clock campus security. All FELC employees participate in background checks and received training for emergencies and incidents. Additionally, FELC uses a Zero Tolerance Policy for program participants which ensures that all students are afforded a safe, pleasant environment in which to learn.