LEAP Council

LEAP Council in Washington D.C. getting ready to meet with the State Legislators.

LEAP (Leadership Empowers All Possibilities) Council Board

LEAP is organized exclusively to build the capacity for former foster youth to share their stories, connect, inspire, and advocate on behalf of fellow current and former foster youth. In providing networking experiences, public speaking opportunities, and strategic share training, LEAP provides ambassadors with the necessary skillsets to be effective and knowledgeable liaisons to Just In Time’s services, develop professional leadership skills, and give back through youth engagement, community outreach, and event planning.

LEAP Bylaws
LEAP Council Positions
LEAP Ambassador Plan

Contact
James Monroe, Youth Services Coordinator at james@jitfosteryouth.org or 619-683-9340 ext. 29

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How It Works

LEAP is looking for potential council members that have a desire to make an impact on the foster care community through advocacy and awareness. Being a part of the LEAP Council requires a one year commitment and members must be working or in school. To join LEAP, please complete the online application and a program coordinator will be in contact with you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does LEAP Stand for?

LEAP is an acronym that stands for Leadership Empowers all Possibilities.

What is the LEAP Council?

LEAP is comprised of former foster youth ages 18-26 that have a desire to advocate and make legislative changes that impact the lives of current and former foster youth. The LEAP council volunteers at multiple JIT and community events, often speak on panels in regards to issues impacting the foster care system, and attend Leadership development trainings to increase their capacity to make substantial changes in the community.

What are the benefits of joining the LEAP Council?

  • LEAP provides participants with the necessary skill sets to be effective and knowledgeable liaisons of Just In Time’s services, develop professional leaderships skills, and give back through youth engagement, community outreach, and event planning.
  • Opportunity to attend the annual Foster Youth in Action Conference in Washington D.C.
  • Ongoing professional development as well as access to career training, mentoring, professional clothing stipends and much more!

How do I become a member of LEAP?

LEAP is looking for potential council members that have a desire to make an impact on the foster care community through advocacy and awareness. Being a part of LEAP requires a one year commitment and members must be working or in school. To join LEAP, please download the PDF application, complete and return to James Monroe (james@jitfosteryouth.org).

How often does the LEAP council meet?

The LEAP council typically meets on the last Monday of each month. Meeting dates and times are subject to change however we try our best to keep the meetings during the same time each month.

What type of council positions are available to be filled?

Please click on link (insert link of council positions) to see a description of council positions and also contact James Monroe for more information on what positions are currently available.

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Partners

LEAP Partners

In Their Own Words

“As former foster youth, LEAP Ambassadors work to enhance the lives of transitioning foster youth through leadership development, advocacy at the state and national levels, community outreach, and building connections.”  – LEAP Council