The LEAP Organization, a nonprofit youth development organization, was founded in 2009 in Clarksville, TN by Richard “Reason” Garrett. The concept of LEAP came from a vision that God gave the founder in his darkest hours consisting of mentoring at-risk youth that needed a second chance and someone to believe in them.Along the way God provided provision for the vision by strategically placing individuals in Reason’s life to bring it to fruition. Becky Moore of the United Way and Pastor Tommy Vallejos guided the founder in separating the nonprofit venture into its own entity which officially became the LEAP Organization and received it IRS 501(c)3 status on April 29, 2009.
Pastor Harris was also instrumental in opening the Emmanuel Family Life Center for the organization to operate. Since opening its doors, LEAP has forged strong partnerships with the local business community, media, school districts, and other youth–serving organizations in the community.
From our humble beginnings as a youth mentoring organization in 2008, we have evolved into a youth development organization that provides mentoring, counseling, career readiness, community service learning opportunities, and other enriching programs. The program targets at-risk youth referred from juvenile courts, DCS, school counselors, and concerned parents. It also serves youth that voluntarily enroll to participate in its various programs.
In 2013, Dave Davidson permitted LEAP to acquire a 24,000 square foot college campus and convert part of it into our youth development headquarters and other portions into a small business incubator/entrepreneurial center. We are seeking to cultivate the growth and development of small businesses through one-on-one support, mentoring, programs, and classes. We intend to offer office space, management and technical assistance to small businesses for up to five years through classes, programs, onsite mentoring, one-on-one business counseling and peer support.
LEAP is excited about the progress youth are making in our organization and have confidence in the strategies we’re executing in order to strengthen families and positively develop youth. Download our Annual Report to learn more: