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The LEAP Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Leadership Development, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Youth Development, Youth Development Programs

Target demographics: young people aged 15-25

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350 students, from 10 countries around the world!

Geographic areas served: a week-long motivational leadership program at UCLA

Programs: our summer LEAP program, focusing on teaching skills for success such as goal setting, time management, finding mentors, communicating effectively, and much more!

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Robert S.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LEAP foundation is one of a kind! LEAPweek is unlike any other leadership program I've participated in. I've been 5 years now, and it's life altering every single time. You get opportunities at LEAP that you won't find anywhere else. It's an incredible program and an incredible experience, and I highly recommend it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I highly recommend Leap to all Students. My son attended this summer, and I have seen a big change in his personality. From being a quiet shy student, he has now become very motivated in becoming involved in several school activities, and he is highly motivated to be successful in all his classes and life in general. Thank you Leap! My son is looking forward to attend Leap next summer !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be part of the LEAP family. You would be too if you attended!

I've attended the program for the last 5 years, and each year the camp exceeds my expectations by leaps and bounds.

I find that every time I walkaway with knowledge and skills that enhance my quality of life in innumerable ways.

To get more specific, LEAP has given me the courage and willpower to dream big. Through the amazing success stories I have been exposed to at this program, I have come to realize that I am able to achieve whatever I set my mind to.

LEAP has also given me the knowledge needed to manage and direct my life. Through the skills learned at LEAP I have been able to achieve more in the past year than I ever thought possible. Through effective scheduling, careful follow-through and commitment to my priorities I have accomplished all of the goals I set for myself this semester.

Through what I have learned at LEAP, in terms of self understanding and applicable sills, I have learned from excellent mentors, earned dream job opportunities, and have begun to live a life that is in line with my values and beliefs. This has made me happier than ever before and I am very grateful for my opportunities and wonderful fortune.

LEAP has taught me the skills necessary for building harmonious relationships with loved ones and friends, as well as how to build new relationships with ease. Through my knowledge of DiSC I have managed and resolved conflicts with roommates and specifically tailored my approach towards potential contacts and mentors. This knowledge has served me very well. Although this is an area I still struggle with, my ambition and knowledge has propelled me light years ahead of where I used to be.

I have also been able to coach friends about managing time, setting goals, and recognizing value systems and clarifying messes in their life mainly from the skills learned at LEAP. I have found that it is extremely rewarding to help others and show them the potential they have within themselves.

I feel very blessed to have gone to LEAP. It has changed my life, and the lives of many of my peers, in more ways than I can possibly imagine. I think that this is an incredibly important program. To catch a visual glimpse - watch this video here...Thanks!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Best week ever. The program is absolutely packed with so much useful, actionable content that you'll need to go a couple times in order to get it all. The speakers are top quality, and the information is pure gold. Stuff you really don't find anywhere else, at least not in such a concentrated dose. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to learn what it takes to be successful in any and all areas of your life.

Carla M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a summer program for my niece who was starting HS and saw the website for LEAP and thought this would be a great way to help her as she starts HS. She went and had a wonderful time, and they delivered as advertised. The next summer we sent her brother and another nephew and this summer they all will be returning and my husband now wants to send his niece and nephew. That is the best endorsement I can give, to trust them with the care of our children and for them to deliver a great experience that will have a positive bearing on their future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The LEAP Foundation helped me immensely to grow as a person. I had fun, connected with my group, learnt about networking, prioritizing and gained some serious perspective on life. I am eternally grateful for the life skills I learned. Crazy how strangers can make you feel so at home. Dr. Bill, Charlie, and the whole team are really devoted to what they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LEAP Foundation is one of the most incredible programs that I have ever been a part of. The annual leadership program, held at UCLA in Los Angeles is a life changing experience. Students from all over the world gather to learn leadership and personal development lessons that will accelerate their potential. These lessons are then consolidated by hearing from well known celebrities and people who have achieved immense success in their field. I have been to the program 4 times now, once as a student and three times as a coach. I fly to LA from Australia every year, to be a part of this program. The first time I attended, when I got there I was not sure about what to expect, but within 3 days I was having the time of my life. LEAP helped me become confident in myself and my ability, and gave me the skills I needed to graduate at the top of my university class, secure a paid internship and then establish myself as an industry leader within two years of entering full time work. I love going back each year to help in the running of the program. I would thoroughly recommend LEAP for students who want to get ahead or for those who have no idea what to do with their lives. LEAP is life changing and an unmissable experience!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LEAP week has easily been one of the most incredible weeks of my life- I met some of the most incredible and inspiring people, who have changed my life for the better! I have also already made huge changes, implemented skills that I learnt during the program, and have had some amazing networking opportunities, which I never would have dreamed of having. The LEAP foundation has enabled me to be the best version of myself, and I cannot recommend it enough!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can honestly say that the LEAP foundation was the foundation of my leap to college. I became more confident in my ability to speak, lead, and work in an independent environment as a student in LEAP in 2015. I developed into the person I am because people like Charlie Gallagher provided support and direction while I was a junior coach during the summers of 2016 and 2017. Thanks LEAP!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The entire program is one I will never forget as I made so many amazing memories and learnt so many inspiring life lessons. The program was so accommodating and filled with many different options for a variety of types of students.

Cole H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had an amazing time learning about myself and how I can become whoever I may want to be.

Jesse T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an absolutely incredible experience attending this conference in 2016. The skills I learnt and people I met will prove invaluable for the rest of my life.
Since attending this one week program, I have been able to apply the skills I learnt into my life, and I have made an incredible difference to my success at school and in extra-curricular activities.
I owe a lot to this program, and will be looking to help out and come back as a coach in years to come.

Mary I.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LEAP Foundation provided me with the professional and social development tools that, to this day, no other educational environment could do for me. I felt well equipped with the tools I needed to engage with recruiters, be strong in my networking skills, and accomplish my biggest goals! I landed four internships with the skills I learned before entering my freshman year of college, and got into a PhD program with the mentor ship of former LEAP scholars! I loved LEAP week and the entire nonprofit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LEAP made me feel invincible. I feel like I can achieve anything in whatever I do. LEAP always told us to remember that we are 10s, but LEAP itself and all the people who work there much be 11s. Thank you for an amazing experience.

Client Served

Rating: 1

Rip-off.
I went in expecting to hear things that I had never heard before, meet interesting and inspiring characters, and learn how to aspire to a dynamic work environment that is fulfilling and realistic.
I got people bragging about money, two really good speeches, a great speech from a speaker who won't be asked ti return because he cursed, and basic lessons in everything I've been learning about basic life skills- nothing about becomes an above and beyond leader.
Not worth the $2,000+ I spent.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first came to LEAP, I thought it would just be another summer program. But after arriving, I found it to be much more. The things I learned and the people I met, prepared me for my next three years of high school and beyond. I feel I am better equipped as a senior because of LEAP.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been coaching at the LEAP Foundation for the past 3 years and was a student 4 years ago. It absolutely changed my life. Everyone welcomed me and it was the best experience I've had. It was amazing. Everyone should check them out.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best week of my summer was at LEAP. We learned so many valuable skills and I met some amazing people! I can’t wait to go back and learn more.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing nonprofit, absolutely changed my life for the better. 10/10. Would recommend for anyone and everyone, whether you’re confident and just want to learn how to network or a bundle of nerves and just want learn to come out of your shell this is the place for you.

Jimmy C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It really helped my get my life in focus. Looking back, this program give me tools to shape my life into what I wanted it to be. You don't learn this stuff in school!! Thanks so much for all your hard work guys!