LEAD exists to Empower, Prepare, Include, and Connect


Poverty is one of the primary factors that prevents youth from succeeding. Low literacy rates, high crime rates, and poorer overall health are related social ills. LEAD exists to reduce these statistics and empower Houston's underserved and under-resourced communities.


Students who have a vision for themselves and who have a deeper understanding of their own social emotional learning have the tenacity to accomplish goals and the resilience to bounce back from adversity. These skills are the basis for success in school and life.


Research suggests place-based and outdoor experiential education instills long lasting benefits including improved academic performance, leadership skills, self-concept, personal development and interpersonal skills - a toolkit we provide our LEADers to be successful.


During the summer months, we connect at-risk middle school students in Houston with an outstanding outdoor experiential education. Student LEADers earn the opportunity to explore the great outdoors, have access to first class teachers and guides, and create new experiences.