ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Leadership and Entrepreneurship Achievement Program (LEAP) provides high school students and young adults with two types of experiences through which they will develop both leadership skills and practical, education and training in entrepreneurial practice under an umbrella program. LEAP has grown from two highly successful JRF programs: Emerging Civic Leaders for a Healthier Community and the Youth Entrepreneurship Program. At the heart of both programs is motivating students to make a positive difference and improving the communities in which they live; and, positioning them to discover and use their creativity to achieve career success.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BECOME A PART OF THE LEAP PROGRAM?
EMERGING CIVIC LEADERS FOR A HEALTHIER COMMUNITY
Once a month, the Emerging Leaders participate in a service-learning institute where they immerse themselves in civic engagement, leadership development, and receive instruction on population health. Ultimately, the purpose of the Monthly Institute is to better prepare the youth to effectively create and implement an action plan that addresses various health issues in Perth Amboy. Such activities include, but are limited not to:
- Team building and self-assessment activities
- Learning about the community health needs assessment and specific health threats to Peth Amboy
- Conversations that address the perceived needs of the community
- Introduction to the theory of change and data collection to measuring the progress of the action plan(s)
Emerging Leaders receive a training stipend of $30 for every monthly meeting attended.
Each Emerging Leaders participant is expected to carry out their action plan(s) throughout the summer for a total of 6 weeks where they will receive a stipend of $150 per week.
Emerging Leaders are given the opportunity to participate in three day retreats. Retreats are tentatively scheduled for December, June, and August of each year. Retreats are intended to help solidify the team bonding experience, show off their team and leadership skills, which include service skill-building, community building, personal reflection, and goal setting. Their retreats are a great opportunity to:
- Build connections and relationship with their peers
- Explore ways in which to define and practice leadership
- Develop strategies for transforming communities
- Challenge themselves through experiential exercises
Interested in becoming an Emerging Leader or a rising entrepreneur through YEP?
Applications are now closed, however for additional information or to learn how to apply for next year, please contact the Program Coordinator, Precious Ojeda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jewish Renaissance Foundation is a grantee of New Jersey Health Initiative – a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
“The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.”