Liberty LEADS is guided by the principle that all children have gifts, talents and great potential, and can contribute to one another's social and academic growth. What distinguishes the program from other after-school programs for urban youth is the fact that it successfully serves a remarkably diverse group of students. It offers comprehensive educational opportunities both to high-achieving students on track for admission to selective colleges and to students who are struggling and / or at risk of dropping out of school. More than 300 young people in fifth through twelfth grades participate in our programs. Every student is helped to fulfill his or her academic potential and acquire strong leadership skills and a sense of civic responsibility. All students have access to a wide range of academic resources, college prep classes, counseling, mentoring and enrichment activities. In addition, Liberty LEADS offers all students a comprehensive support system based on ongoing relationships with caring adults who give every young person consistent and individual attention. With these strong supports our students discover their gifts, challenge themselves, take ownership of their education, and expand their horizons beyond what they had ever imagined possible. Students are admitted to the program in the fifth, seventh and ninth grades.
To empower underrepresented youth to become lifelong learners and community role models by helping them attain higher education, embrace global leadership and create a positive future for themselves and others.
To ensure that all underserved and underrepresented youth have equal access to the resources necessary to realize their potential and make positive contributions to society. ■To provide students a nurturing and trusting environment, with clear boundaries, in which to learn and grow. ■To provide youth with opportunities to identify and develop their individual voices and talents. ■To graduate critical thinkers with solid emotional, social and academic skills who are prepared for postsecondary education and/or meaningful employment. ■To develop in students a lifelong desire to learn and to create positive changes in society.
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