LETTING EVERYONE ACHIEVE DREAMS
PREPARING INNER-CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
FOR LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND BEYOND
Setting goals. Overcoming obstacles. Building character. Providing opportunities. Changing lives.
EMPATHY IN ACTION
Nearly 200 student LEADers from YES Prep Southside concluded their school year by serving others. This 8th grade class chose to make the lives of the sick and homeless better.
Ayaan, a rising freshman, shared "I feel good knowing that I can make people have a brighter day, even if I don't know them. I just get to make them smile."
LEAD provides access and opportunities to undeserved youth. Many of our students had never served before participating in our character development program. More firsts will take place this summer.
Because of your generosity, we will take 41% more students than last year on summer wilderness adventures. Some LEADers will take their very first flight, travel out of Texas, and attend Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming with LEAD this summer.
For nearly 15 years, LEAD has changed the trajectory of students' lives. We've grown exponentially this school year! We formerly served approximately 80 students, and nearly 500 students were a part of our program in 2018-2019.
Growth is exciting, and we need your support to continue this great work of preparing inner city middle school students for leadership and success in high school and beyond. Thank you for giving.
1600 HUNGRY CHILDREN FED BECAUSE OF THESE HELPFUL HANDS
A group of student LEADers from Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy will bring smiles and relieve the hunger pains of 1060 elementary school children in Houston.
Our LEADers packed more than one thousand bags of healthy food for elementary children who live in poverty. These meals will be delivered to young students’ backpacks then spread joy and fill bare kitchen pantries throughout the city.
LEADers and their mentors from The Rowland Group were involved in every aspect of the service project at Blessing in a Backpack. They worked to sort food, pack meals, create a functional assembly line, recycle and clean up. Together, they made the day successful and productive.
During the academic year, LEADers discussed their personal power, setting goals, and respecting themselves and others. This day of community engagement allowed the LEADers to experience much of what they have been learning throughout the year.
Mr. Andre Norman, known to some as "The Ambassador of Hope," recently visited our student LEADers. He is pictured above with our students at Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy. Norman is dedicated to empowering people to change their situations, and his presence was an inspiring year end treat.