It’s time for Collier County to experience the authentic contributions that people with developmental disabilities can make in our community. The LEAP Ahead Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization provides custom training programs for these amazing people. We support each individual’s life and employment goals by providing skills enhancement and creating new and unique workforce training opportunities. This directly benefits Collier County businesses by providing access to a new, previously untapped talent pool. Further, the LEAP Ahead Foundation is leading the way towards eliminating the gap of services for individuals with developmental disabilities ages 16-26 transitioning from school to life.
The LEAP Entrepreneurship Club is currently being piloted at Golden Gate High School. The program will provide a unique, student-centered entrepreneurial experience for students enrolled in modified curriculum courses while simultaneously creating a revolutionary bridge from the classroom to commerce. Participants will name their business, decide on a product to sell, make items to sell, decide how to market and where to sell their product, sell items, decide how to spend the profits they earned, and present to a panel of entrepreneurs.
They have a particularly vested interest in the success of their business because they will get to keep half the money they make (the other half will go back into the program to support the next session).
In order to expand this exceptional program to students at other Collier County high schools, we need the support of our community. This program is free for students to participate and 100 percent reliant on donations. To learn more about the LEAP Ahead
Foundation and/or the LEAP Entrepreneurship Club, visit www.leapaheadfoundation.com.