Thrive’s groundbreaking Leadership Experience And Development (LEAD) initiative prepares and empowers young adults to learn what it takes to become a leader and improve the world around them. Supported by our LEAD staff and mentors, young adults (ages 17-25) gain the knowledge, practical skills, and confidence to become leaders in their communities.
Following an application and selection process, LEADers meet weekly, from October through June, with a diverse group of mentors from the community. Their months of learning culminate with a number of community service projects which the LEADers and their mentors plan and complete. These projects enable the LEADers to put into practice the skills they have honed over the year. LEAD is an extension of Thrive’s commitment to focus on abilities and provide opportunities to shine.
Acquire expertise in a dynamic set of leadership skills through curriculum-based learning
Gain knowledge from mentors in the community who share their professional experience on leadership
Explore and research community service projects in their community
Demonstrate leadership skills by implementing three community service projects
Past leaders are thrilled about what they’ve learned
“I will continue LEADing in my everday life by working hard and speaking up for myself.” – Kristen Camacho, 2018 LEAD graduate
“My experience in LEAD has been great. I made friends and I’m learning to help and support people.” – Tim Montalvanos, 2018 LEAD graduate
“LEADership means helping the community, telling the truth, being serious and standing up for myself.” – Caitlyn Kline, 2018 LEAD graduate
Interested in becoming a LEADer? Applications are accepted beginning in August of each year. Interested in becoming a mentor? There is a commitment of one hour a month to meet with future LEADers and share your knowledge.