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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.

1

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!

Lee Ann D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kudos to LEAP for it's comprehensive, visionary program to support young people as they move toward creating a self-honoring, independent path for themselves. The speakers were incredible and accessible. The content continues to help guide participants long after the week is completed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization to inspire the youth to take control of their life and ideas. The program offers a lot of opportunity for young people to network and work on their goals. I was a part of this program once and it Is not something I have ever forgotten. Although I never had any business goals myself, I did make a decision to take control of my life and I have been independent ever since.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing program, meet many amazing people. Everyone is friendly and the LEAP leaders are very inspiring!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LEAP Foundation is by FAR one of the best things to ever happen to me! My older sister, Ja’Nice brought me to LEAP back in 2015 after attending for a couple of years. And I continue to come back. LEAP has made me become a better businesswoman, a better friend, a better creator and a better person. I learned that as long as I can dream something, I can do it. I am only 19 years old and I am doing things way beyond my years. Thanks to the skills and amazing people I’ve met through LEAP, I am screening a short film at IFC Center in Manhattan, next month. I couldn’t be happier and I can’t wait for LEAP Week 2019!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Leap is the best event you can ever go to. It really changes your mindset on the world around you. Personally I have gained so much respect for myself by attending. Leap is honestly phenomenal and I recommend it to anyone that can attend

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LEAP is absolutely amazing it helped me break out of my shell and realize that there are other people just like me and thats its okay to be different!
It helped me know the worth of my story and started me on the journey of discovering my purpose.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LEAP changed my life and lives of so many that attended. It is undoubtedly a program like no other. From LEAP, I have made friendships that will last a lifetime from around the globe and have developed skills I would not have learnt any where else. 100% recommend to anyone, words cannot describe how indebt I am to the knowledge and people I met at LEAP.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely do not regret going. I met amazing people who I’ll never forget and learned a lot. It was a great experience and I would do it again without hesitation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

By far the best camp I have ever been to. The amount of diverse content that I was taught was unbelievable, the skills I learned were ones I couldn't have found anywhere else, and the relationships I made with my fellow campers are ones I will keep for life. I owe so much to the LEAP Foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first came to LEAP, I didn't really know what to expect. After the first day, I fell in love with the place and the new friends I just made. I didn't want to leave and plan to come back next year! From the newly developed skills that I learned to the support and motivation I have to succeed, LEAP has transformed me!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The leap foundation has helped many youth from around the world to achieve their dreams through the use of leadership, mentorship, networking, public speaking and many more skills that will help it's students to be a 10!

ancamiba

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first when to LEAP in 2016 and two years later, I think It'd be an understatement to say that LEAP is life changing because it's something that is truly indescribable. The things taught at LEAP are so simple yet so effective that it makes you wonder why not every young adult or student isn't at this program. You learn some of the most valuable things from some of the most successful people that will really help you be just one step ahead of your future. What makes LEAP so different is how passionate and genuinely excited everyone is to be part of such an awesome organization. Even if you're the slightest bit curious as to what this organization can do, check it out because you won't be disappointed!

Trevor M.

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Undoubtedly the most beneficial experience of my life thus far, both personally and professionally. LEAP empowers youth to be the best version of themselves, to help others and to achieve their goals. I’ve been for 3 consecutive years, and can’t wait to go back. LEAP is where you need to be!

Edward26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ready to have the best week of your life? Ready to make a positive lasting impact to the rest of your life? Then you need to come to LEAP! You will not be disappointed!! The information you learn from LEAP will have such a positive impact to your future career and will help you get so much farther in life. You also meet so many great people from around the world and make friends that you will know for the rest of your life. So when choosing what to do this summer or where to send your kids this summer, choose LEAP. You will not regret it!!

Madisen R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended LEAP for five consecutive years! I went from student, to junior coach (2 years), to coach (2 years.) There is no doubt that LEAP has played a fundamental part in not only my leadership development, but also my academic and relational development. I have formed a family through LEAP with members that reside all over the world from California, Alaska, and Australia.

EBergz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As both a student then a Coach at this program, I can honestly say that this program changed my life and allowed me to change the life of others! LEAP provides the out of classroom lessons that are essential for personal and professional development.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the most amazing time and it taught me so many skills I was able to use both in school and in my everyday life. It's something I recommend to everyone because of how strong of an impact it had on my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unbelieveable and life changing event.

I was skeptical at first, but after one day I knew this event was something special.

I've been so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend leap multiple times, and I've learned something new that has fundamentally changed my life for the better each time I've had the please to go.

Some of my best friends are people that I've met at leap. True friends for life.

I can honestly say that LEAP is my favorite week of the year.

If I could rate 6 stars, I would.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had an amazing experience!! Definitely worth my time! I can't wait to go back next summer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LEAP is the most incredible organization I have ever been involved with and it does such an amazing job at providing young people with the skills necessary to achieve their goals in life

Peter72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most life changing experience of my life. Anyone looking to "jump the gun" and gain real world, life changing skills, should be here.

Advisor

Rating: 5

LEAP is transformative. This program takes a holistic approach to education and leadership - birthing young leaders by not only giving them essential tools to achieve success (the importance of mentors, networking, communication skills, developing core values, among other things), but also by connecting them with a network of positive minded, forward thinking, entrepreneurial, successful world leaders. It is extremely unique. I have personally seen hundreds of young people, year after year, bloom - they take ownership of who they are, seizing their full potential. Students leave LEAP with a joyful spirit and the ability to conquer their goals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first attended LEAP as a student I had no idea just how much my life what about to change for the better. Since then, I've gone back to LEAP as a coach and been able to make a difference in other students lives. I couldn't recommend this program enough. It helps to empower youth to explore their full potential and give back to their community.

Emma27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in the program as a student, a coach and a speaker and I can't speak highly enough of the amazing work they do. If you want to help young adults thrive then this is the organisation you want to support. Through empowering a young adult, the program enriches their community also. I have seen year after year the impact this program has on so many levels. It's one of a kind!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LEAP Foundation has without a doubt changed my life! I am on a great path towards a successful career and life because of the values and virtues instilled at LEAP that I have applied to my everyday life. I can't wait to go back in 2017!!

Ryan73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LEAP Foundation is an outstanding leadership program held at UCLA every summer that teaches young adults everything they need to be successful in their personal and professional lives, that is often not taught in the formal education system. If you have a son or daughter between the ages of 15-24 this is the BEST program around!

Paul204

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended Leap 2016 as a parent and mentor and it far exceeded my expectations. Its the best leadership and business leadership conference I've ever seen. Students from all over the world attend and the interactions they have are priceless. The speakers are top notch in every industry and the workshops were very practical.

I highly recommend The Leap Leadership Conference to any high school or college student that desires a comprehensive education on knowledge you might not learn at school such as Time management, managing your finances, how to treat a lady, networking, public speaking, how to live healthy, and so much more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LEAP program is an amazing experience for high school, college students, and recent grads that will equip you with the necessary tools you need to get a head in life. I learned things at LEAP that I never learned in school, or even during my 4 years of study at UCLA; things like how to set goals the right way, how to network, identify mentors, manage my time, and identify personality traits. LEAP was definitely a life-changing experience that I will forever be grateful and blessed to be a part of!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Attending LEAP's summer leadership conference was one of the most transformative moments of my teenage years. I left LEAP feeling energized, confident, and focused on my goals.

The speakers are awe-inspiring, the coaches are present and engaged, and the room was always filled with supportive people. LEAP was exactly what I needed to give me the extra boost before college. I'd recommend it to any young adult!

Client Served

Rating: 5

LEAP changed my life by giving me the tools for success! I am more confident that I can achieve my goals and now have the network to do so!

Thank you LEAP!