Living Elegantly, Ambitiously, and Dauntlessly (LEAD) Enrichment Program

  • The Living Elegantly, Ambitiously, and Dauntlessly (LEAD) Enrichment Program is centered around supporting and mentoring 5th through 8th grade girls of African American heritage, however, all girls are welcome. The LEAD program aims to help girls develop their self-esteem, cultural awareness, leadership, and conflict resolution skills.

    The program started in 2014 at Ellis middle school and has expanded over the years. In 2019-20, the program served 150 girls across eight schools; three elementary and five middle schools. A group of three LEAD volunteers/staff members currently facilitate the program. 

    Last year, school groups worked on school bulletin boards, service projects with Food for Greater Elgin, Martin Luther King Day, and the Family Crisis Center. The group has participated in school parent cafes and viewed several culturally historic films and discussed their impact and how they promote or show the attributes of Living Elegantly, Ambitiously, and Dauntlessly.

    For more information, please contact: Jocelyn AshfordYarbroughjocelynashfordyarbrough@u-46.org

  • LEAD 2019 Banquet

    These photos were taken prior to March 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic.