The call for service and leadership is one that continues in each of our neighborhoods and communities. All hear it, but only some respond to it.
An entity that clearly does so is the L.E.A.D. Foundation, Inc.
This metro-Atlanta nonprofit not only “talks the talk”, but they clearly walk the walk. This is clearly evidenced during the dates of March 18th and 20th, as those in attendance are able to get a sampling of the year-round programs and services provided for students in grades 6-12, as well as parents.
On March 18th, the foundation launched its PASS program (Project Access Schools and Scholarships) at Norcross HS. Members of the foundation’s leadership team, as well as area residents Bobby Butler (former Atlanta Falcons player), Brian Jordan (former Atlanta Falcons and Braves player), and other faculty, staff, coaches, and students are working together to better educate and inform student-athletes and their families of their educational, athletic, and college options. This is a proactive response to a disturbing and growing trend which leaves some students and their families on the outside of the educational and college process.
On Saturday, March 20th, students in the foundation’s flagship program, the Alpha Leadership Program for Higher Achievement (ALPHA), participated in their end of the program oratorical contest. Nearly 40 students (which is a 100% increase from the number of student presenters in 2009) presented, discussed, debated, and articulated the meaning of the African proverb “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”, along with its importance and relevance in their communities.
The foundation’s upcoming spring and summer programs clearly provide excellent resources and opportunities for students. There is availability for students from emerging communities to participate in their annual spring break college tour (April 5-9, 2010), the Georgia Tech Math, Science, and Technology Camp (June 7-10, 2010), Leadership Development Citizen Educational Institute (June 16-20, 2010 at Alabama A & M in conjunction with the Southern Region of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.), the University of Georgia Science Camp (June 21-24, 2010), and the Fort Valley State University Summer Leadership Program (tentatively scheduled for July 14-17, 2010).
Combined with their male-mentorship program during the fall semester (the REEL Project) and scholarship program for graduating high school seniors and current college undergraduates (unfortunately, the deadline for this year has passed), the LEAD Foundation sincerely focuses on living up to their motto of developing tomorrow’s leaders, today.