WHY WE LEADGrowing up poor in today’s education system includes a host of paralyzing statistics for students of color that if not addressed early in middle school will solidify a negative belief-system that cannot be reversed. An eleven year old student who comes from disadvantaged circumstances (living in extreme poverty, a single parent household, alcohol/drug use in family, incarceration, etc.) takes the negative elements of his/her environment, both physically and socially, to be the foundation of their personal belief-system. Dreams are diminished or replaced entirely with negative activities, self-esteem is lacking any honest sense of self, and a grittiness to strive beyond current circumstances doesn't exist.
WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?
LEAD is designed to integrate into this critical time of a student’s development as a game-changer in the way belief-systems are turned positive for a group of kids who live with an unconscionable amount of negativity. LEAD bases its guiding principles on three tenets necessary for thriving leadership in our communities. Each tenet is aligned with the three program components below.