letting everyone achieve dreams

“The essential thing is not knowledge, but character.”
Joseph Le Conte

 

“The great hope of society is individual character.”
William Ellery Channing

 
 
  • "I know who I am now being a part of LEAD."

    JAYDEN GREEN
    JAYDEN GREEN LEADer 2014
  • "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.  "

    JONATHAN RAMOS
    JONATHAN RAMOS LEADer 2011
  • "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."

    DANIEL MENDOZA
    DANIEL MENDOZA LEADer 2011
  • "They've guided me into becoming an even greater leader."

    BRALOND CONANT
    BRALOND CONANT LEADer 2015
  • "LEAD has taught me how to have confidence in myself."

    DEVEON GATLIN
    DEVEON GATLIN LEADer 2015

Join the growing family of LEAD Mentors.

 
 

TENACITY

DETERMINATION | PERSEVERANCE

Each summer LEADers experience a week-long wilderness adventure, giving them the opportunity to live out the character growth learned during the academic year.

 

Empathy

SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE | SHARED EXPERIENCE

LEADers execute community service projects, working side by side to positively impact the city of Houston.

 

VISION

“ONE DAY, I WILL…”

From 6th to 8th grade, the LEAD character curriculum is facilitated once a week during the academic year by LEAD trainers and volunteer mentors.

LIFE LESSONS, MENTORSHIP & SUMMER ADVENTURES

Teaching vision, empathy & tenacity to youth in middle school – when it matters most.

THE VISION

LEAD’s vision is to eliminate the 9th grade dropout rate in Harris County by helping middle school students create a vision for personal success and then build a solid foundation to achieve it.

THE MISSION

We are a community preparing Houston’s at-risk middle school students for leadership and success in high school and beyond through experiential programs that include an in-school character curriculum, one-to-one mentorship, community service, and summer wilderness adventures.

THE WORK

LEAD provides weekly classroom content that cultivates our LEADer’s senses of Vision, Empathy & Tenacity as the foundation for opportunity and success in high school and beyond – be it college, military service, joining the family business, learning a trade, or another form of mindful, meaningful citizenship. We partner with university honors colleges, churches, and corporations that seek to serve youth as mentors twice a month. We take summer adventure trips in other parts of the country that are full of joy and struggle and growth. We go together, we grow together.

5th

Houston has the 5th highest high school dropout rate among the nation’s 50 largest cities

45.6%

of students in Houston ISD are identified as at-risk of dropping out of school

Billions

Dropouts cost the state of Texas billions over the course of their lifetimes

VISION

“ONE DAY, I WILL…”

From 6th to 8th grade, the LEAD character curriculum is facilitated once a week during the academic year by LEAD trainers and volunteer mentors.

Empathy

SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE | SHARED EXPERIENCE

LEADers execute community service projects, working side by side to positively impact the city of Houston.

TENACITY

DETERMINATION | PERSEVERANCE

Each summer LEADers experience a week-long wilderness adventure, giving them the opportunity to live out the character growth learned during the academic year.

Join the growing family of LEAD Mentors.

letting everyone achieve dreams

“The essential thing is not knowledge, but character.”
Joseph Le Conte

 

“The great hope of society is individual character.”
William Ellery Channing