LEAD is a groundbreaking initiative that prepares and empowers young adults who want to learn what it takes to become a leader and better the world around them. Supported by LEAD staff and mentors, young adults (ages 17-25) gain the knowledge, practical skills, and confidence to become leaders in their communities.
Following a competitive selection process, LEADers meet weekly from October through June with a broad range of mentors from the community. Their months of work culminate with a community service project which the leaders and their mentors coordinate and implement. Thrive's LEAD initiative is an extension of our 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
“The ability to stand up for myself” – Alexis Sokoloff, 2017 LEAD graduate
“To go into my community and have my voice heard.” – Beth Donahue, 2017 LEAD graduate
“Confidence.” – Matthew McCarthy, 2017 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.