Leaders Educated And Prepared

Design a LEAP


LEAP: We're out to change the world...starting with ourselves.

Recipe to start a LEAP:

1. Decide if you will start your LEAP with the LEAP to Lead class or use the tools in the curriculum to support your LEAP in an ongoing fashion.

2. Decide what role you would like our LEAP team to play in the implementation of your LEAP.

Our LEAP team will:

• Listen to the mission and vision of your organization, respecting your challenges

• Evaluate your existing partners and programs to determine the extent to which LEAP can add depth and strength to your mission

• If needed, facilitate the connection with, or the identification of, any new partners to secure your LEAP partnerships

• Teach, co-teach, or consult in the implementation, design, maintenance, weekly meetings, and shared service work

3. Reach out to LEAP or other experts to make a plan of action to build a team of trust among disparate partners.

4. Begin to meet and communicate weekly with one or both partners.

5. Ask yourselves:

• What is your passion?

• What are your strengths?

• What issues need your support?

• Where in the world do you want to work?

• How can you best help your students learn to walk in another’s shoes?

6. Inspire other adults and teachers to join your LEAP and establish a collaborative mission that fits your vision. Remember there are no boundaries as to the type of LEAP you create and there are no hand-outs or hierarchies between the groups.

Examples: Writer’s LEAP, Comparative Film LEAP, AIDS Awareness LEAP, Leadership LEAP, Environmental LEAP, Literary LEAP, Anti-Bullying LEAP, Music LEAP (see LEAPs in Action for more ideas)

7. Establish a meeting time and communication schedule. Ensure that your global partner is committed to empowerment and can maintain a schedule of communication that will ensure success.

8. Decide whether a trip is an integral part of your LEAP and where the funding will come from.

Travel is not a necessity, but certainly offers the team the opportunity to establish trust, expand community, further explore strategies for change and make personal connections.

9. Assess the cultural and personal needs of each partner and their community.

No problem can be solved without first understanding what you see. Take time to ask:

• What is really going on here?

• What are the roots of the issues?

• What are the collective talents of the participants?

Decide how these answers can be used to address the real crises experienced by the partners.

10. Be purposeful in your mission to create more informed citizens, impassioned visionaries, and committed humanitarians.


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