"I know who I am now being a part of LEAD."
"Being with LEAD was an unforgettable experience I will carry with me for my entire life. LEAD will make you see that you were born with wings, and that you will use them to fly. Don't let this opportunity pass you by. LEAD will show you that the impossible is possible. "
"Because of the things I learned through LEAD, I have been able to become a leader in my community and on campus. I am forever indebted to LEAD because it definitely helped me achieve my dreams."
"They've guided me into becoming an even greater leader."
"LEAD has taught me how to have confidence in myself."
Vision Empathy Tenacity
To equip our LEADers with the tools necessary to return to their communities as effective leaders.
Growing 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.
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.