The acronym L.E.A.D. is an appropriate summation of our unique and innovative Mentoring & Leadership program. 'L' stands for LEADERSHIP. Leadership is learned and experience is the best teacher. We are committed to the development of leadership skills (problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, team work....) that will benefit participants in the classroom, at home, at work, and beyond. 'E' represents EMPOWERMENT. We empower program participants through allowing them authentic opportunities to apply their newly developed leadership skills within the the school and community. 'A' stands for AWARENESS. The L.E.A.D. program raises awareness about prominent issues facing youth (bullying, drugs, alcohol, mental health, violence, gangs....), while providing them with the life skills to make healthy decisions that will essentially allow them to avoid the pitfalls. 'D' stands for DEVELOPMENT. We believe that not everyone can be the best, but everyone can be better, and getting better is a process. Throughout the program activities, workshops, and special events, we promote a focus on the process of improvement and development.