The month of January is off to an unexpected yet interesting start. Last week’s snow certainly led to a level of disruption for many in and around the metro-Atlanta area. This past Monday, the first major holiday of the year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, provides people with a spark and motivation to help make the Dream more real and living, and to do their part to provide outreach, service, and uplift to their communities.
On Saturday, January 22nd, the LEAD Foundation, Inc. is one of many organizations doing its part in making our communities a better place, along with the empowerment and education needed to make such an idea a reality. From 9:00am until 12:45pm at Norcross High School, the nonprofit is kicking off its Alpha Leadership Program, a co-ed program for middle and high school students.
“The program is designed to provide middle and high school students the hands-on opportunities and resources needed for their academic, professional, and personal success”, notes the foundation’s Executive Director, Michael Woodward.
Combined with the young men from their fall semester male-mentoring program, the REEL Project, the foundation is expecting to serve more than 100 young people from metro-area middle and high schools. With a full slate of modules ranging from career planning and placement, financial planning, college planning, health awareness, and public speaking, the focus of the program is to provide as well-rounded and holistic development of middle and high school students as possible.
“We also intend on providing the tutoring services needed to help our young people be as successful in the classroom as possible”, adds Willie Cartwright, the lead coordinator for the REEL Project.
Tomorrow’s kickoff is open to students and parents. All attendees are asked to dress in business attire.
“We are focusing on setting a tone that is balanced; we do have fun, but we are serious and focused on addressing the needs of our young people, adults, and our larger community”, adds Woodward.
As part of the kickoff, information regarding the organization’s spring break college tour, along with volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, is scheduled for discussion and review. Light refreshments for breakfast and lunch are provided at no charge.
Reinvesting in the community is a hallmark of all of the programs conducted by the LEAD Foundation, Inc. Tomorrow’s kickoff is yet another way in which the local nonprofit focuses on providing the outreach needed to better support our immediate and surrounding communities.