Leadership means different things to different people. Be it the ability to motivate, encourage, inspire, or command, effective leadership can bring about positive results. When it comes to working with young people, providing them with access to resources grounded in best practices, along with the ability to practice and develop their own styles to reach multiple audiences, is definitely a must as it relates to individual and community empowerment.
Tomorrow, January 25th, from 9am-12pm, the team of the LEAD Foundation kicks off their annual spring semester "rite of passage", the Alpha Leadership Program. The overview (tomorrow) provides students in grades 6-12 (male and female), parents, volunteers, and prospective donors the opportunity to learn of the program, along with multiple opportunities for additional access for audiences of all walks of life.
"This is our foundation's longest running program", notes Michael Woodward, Sr., the foundation's executive director. "We always look forward to working with students and parents, and doing what we are able to in order to empower our young people".
As part of the overview, all in attendance are able to obtain information regarding the key programming for the semester, ranging from financial literacy, health and wellness, and college readiness, among other programs.
"Even our students (from our REEL Project, the male-mentoring program in the fall semester) are taking on the mantle of leadership", notes Willie Cartwright, one of the board members. In addition to the annual service project done in conjunction with the Loganville-Conyers Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (the ABC2 Project), students are designing and implementing their own (student-initiated) service project for the upcoming spring.
As an added component, information ranging from support components for parents, the foundation's annual Spring Break College Tour (April 7-11, 2014), and scholarship program (the Katherine Snorton Scholarship Program), are among the pieces covered for the overview.
"We aim as high as possible so in turn, our students can raise their expectations of themselves and those around them", adds Woodward. In fact, as is the case in 2012, the college tour is targeting two routes covering multiple campuses in the Southeastern United States.
Attendees are asked to dress in business or business casual attire.
Enrollment for the program is free; combined with their community partner, A Taste of Paradise Restaurant and Event Hall, the foundation's community ingraining and relationships are providing steady growth and an added presence in the metro-Atlanta area.
Tomorrow is time to kickoff and continue with the mission and purpose of community enhancement in developing tomorrow's leaders, today.