LEAD San Diego directly affects positive change in our region through a variety of ways. We have opportunities to directly connect our program alumni to mentorship opportunities, nonprofit committees, boards and local commissions, through our Leader Match platform. And we offer local nonprofits an opportunity to benefit from our Leadership Action Teams (LATs), the service learning component of LEAD’s flagship program, Impact.
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. Each year, members of the Impact 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 aiding in the organizations’ long-term sustainability.
2020 Leadership Action Team Applications
The RFP for the 2020 Leadership Action Team project cycle is now closed. To be notified when it opens up for 2021, please email Program Manager Kim Van Nguyen at email@example.com.
Leader Match, presented by Cox, is a platform for LEAD graduates to review volunteer and leadership opportunities available in our region. Local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to share their opportunities here for our network to consider.
Questions? Contact Program Manager Lorraine Kahler at firstname.lastname@example.org
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2019 Leadership Action Team Partner Agencies
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 by Todd and Dayna Hoff when their 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 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
was founded to address trauma. They partner across the systems serving those in need delivering onsite yoga, mindfulness, and meditation with all the necessary equipment. For those facing daunting challenges in their lives, 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. All services are offered free of charge.