Project L.E.A.D. ~ “Links Educate, Accommodate and Develop with High Expectations” ~ is a signature program of The Links, Incorporated.
The title L.E.A.D. reflects The Links, Incorporated’s effort to close the academic achievement gap of middle school students, while responding to their social-emotional needs, encouraging health and wellness, introducing STEM related education and career options, and improving their financial literacy. Instilling “High Expectations” in the youth participating in the program is a priority. Project L.E.A.D. participants are empowered to believe that they are capable of making significant contributions to society, and that The Links, Incorporated members and society in general also have high expectations of them.
The prevention of alcohol and drug abuse is a core component of the the Project L.E.A.D. initiative flowing from the health and wellness mission.
In December 2022, the New Orleans Chapter of The Links, Incorporated’s Services to Youth and Health and Human Services facets led a symposium on the deleterious effects of drugs and alcohol and strategies to stay aware and avoid that lifestyle.