LEAD San Diego

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Leadership In Action

Leadership In Action

Each year, members of the Impact San Diego class are divided into Leadership Action Teams (LATs). Each LAT is matched with a local nonprofit agency that benefits from the team members’ expertise and leadership to accomplish an individualized project.

2020 Nonprofit Organization Applications

The 2020 proposal cycle is now closed. If you would like to be notified when the 2021 proposal cycle opens, please email Program Manager Kim Van Nguyen at


LEAD San Diego directly affects positive change in our region through Leadership Action Teams (LATs), the service learning component of LEAD’s flagship nine-month program, Impact San Diego. Impact not only provides participants with a greater understanding of the critical issues and key players in our region, it also inspires participants to use their skills to become engaged with community organizations and causes.

LEAD’s Impact San Diego Class of 2019 was divided into six LATs. Each LAT was matched with a local nonprofit agency that benefited from the team members’ expertise and leadership as they worked on an individualized project.

The 2019 Partner Agencies were:

A Reason to Survive (ARTS) believes that creativity is a powerful tool that can transform the lives of young people and set them up for success. They invest in youth because they are tomorrow’s employers, activists, influencers, parents, and leaders. When young people thrive, the positive effects ripple throughout their families and communities. ARTS is changing lives through arts education and creative skill-building, community development, and support services for youth.

Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF) was created in April 2003 by Todd and Dayna Hoff when their young son, Garret, was diagnosed with autism. ATPF was created as a way to help build community awareness for autism. The goal is to give children on the autism spectrum a voice and hope to build community compassion towards the parents and families of these special children. ATPF helps thousands of families with autism create a road map for their child with autism and navigate a very complex system of care required for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Eastlake Educational Foundation (EEF) was established in 1995 in order to serve the more than 8,000 students in K-12 public schools in Eastlake. Lead by a volunteer board of directors, EEF focuses on technology and STEAM learning projects and has given more than $2 million to schools to ensure children are prepared for the 21st century world.

OG Yoga was founded to address trauma. Yoga has been practiced in the East for thousands of years, and its adepts have claimed numerous benefits: physical, emotional, and spiritual. With Bessel A. van der Kolk’s compelling research on the efficacy and positive physiological effects of yoga in trauma recovery, a vital new application for this ageless health-promoting method has been revealed. There are many ways in which yoga techniques can intervene in the complex processes of trauma. Trauma is at the root of homelessness, violence, substance abuse and incarceration. “If we don’t fix the hole in the soul, we are not fixing the problem…” Oprah Winfrey.

OG Yoga began delivering direct services in the fall of 2015. OG Yoga partners across the systems serving those in need delivering onsite yoga, mindfulness, and meditation with all the necessary equipment. They specialize in yoga for people who may benefit greatly from its practice but know nothing about yoga, are suspicious of yoga, or have no way to access yoga instruction either because of its accessibility, expense, or their lack of freedom. For those facing daunting challenges in their lives – PTSD, poverty, incarceration, homelessness, veterans, youth, seniors, on probation/parole, low-vision/blind, living in a foster home, dealing with mental illness, battling a serious disease, or recovering from a traumatic injury/event, OG Yoga specializes in trauma-sensitive yoga adaptation and delivery to bring a gentle step-by-step compassionate practice to those facing unimaginable stress which in turn is taking a toll on their physical, mental and emotional health.

Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center‘s historic 6.85-acre property in National City serves as an interactive, indoor-outdoor classroom for children and adults from around San Diego County.  Their purpose is to build healthy families and a healthy environment.  This is done through science-based environmental education lessons, hands-on gardening, and hands-on cooking for students and families from underserved communities.

Somali Bantu Association of America (SBAOA) was founded in 2009 as a resource for refugee families seeking to adjust to their new lives in the United States. SBAOA educates, serves, and organizes cultural and life-skill training programs in an effort to promote self-sufficiency among the individuals and families comprising not only the Somali Bantu community, but all East African refugees in and around City Heights including Somalis, Congolese, Burundian, Ugandan, Sudanese and other immigrants. Clients include men and women, children and seniors, and services are offered free of charge.


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