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LEAP Youth Media Competition

The LEAP Organization is calling all middle & high school students to participate in a media competition. Students will create multimedia products such as posters, videos, games, websites, photo essays, public service announcements, and documentaries that focus on the value of a college education and how to prepare for it.

Students with be able to utilize computer lab and have access to materials & supplies to complete media project every Wednesday from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Emmanuel Family Life Center.

Entries are due by March 30th. The best entries will receive $50 gift card or $50 to go towards the LEAP Washington DC trip.

For more info please call or email Richard Garrett at 931-378-0500 or reason@leaporg.net

LEAP 2nd Annual Stomp & Sound Off Crew Challenge

Clarksville, TN - On March 12th, 2011, The LEAP Organization hosted its 2nd Annual Step/Dance Show Competition at Kenwood High School. Prior to the event Daymar Institute facilitated a youth workshop in the theater. Guest Speakers shared inspirational messages and practical advice to students to help them be successful whether pursuing a college degree after school or entering the workforce immediately. Following the workshop students were advised to write an essay for an opportunity to receive a  $500.00 H.O.P.E. Scholarship. Congratulations to Precious Miller from West Creek High School who was awarded the scholarship during the Step/Dance Show.

Yolanda Stewart kicked off the event with a heartfelt rendition of the Nation Anthem along with Gospel Music artist J-rad performing two singles. Tamira Cole, Deztin (DJ) Pryor, and Justin “Jrad’ Radford  kept the crowd of over 500 spectators engaged as they used their wit and charisma to host the event.

The Step/Dance Competition featured teams from Kenwood High, West Creek Middle, West Creek High, Hopkinsville High School as well as two Clarksville community based teams. As a special treat to spectators the Distinguished Steppers, Heart & Movement , and Unity 1

Although each team gave a valiant effort, in the end their could be only one winner for each category to win the coveted $250.00 cash prize and bragging rights until next year. SMAC (Sisters Making a Change) won 1st Place for the Dance Competition and West Creek High School won 1st Place for the Step Competition.

The purpose of this event was to support the performing arts in our schools and well as aid LEAP in its mission develop and strengthen communities of productive citizenship with values of Leadership, Enlightenment, Academic Achievement, and Perseverance through faith, hope and love by providing mentoring, tutoring, affordable housing, and various assistance programs.

LEAP Founder, Richard “Reason” Garrett, had this to say following the event, “Tonight was a very humbling and amazing night. After thanking God and the many volunteers who worked diligently behind the scenes to pull off the 2nd Annual Stomp & Sound Off Crew Challenge, I have to thank the Clarksville Community for coming out and supporting this event. Special thanks to Frank Wilson and Kenwood High School for giving us this opportunity.”

For more information about the LEAP Organization visit www.leaporg.net

LEAP Helps Single Mom to Secure Housing

Clarksville, TN – Through a partnership with Millan Enterprises, the LEAP organization helps to  provide housing to low income single parents who find themselves in dire need of housing. Under this program Clarksville, TN  resident Jil Simpson signed a lease to her new home in the offices of Millan Enterprises on March 9th, 2011. She becomes the second single parent assisted under the LEAP Housing Program.

“Me and my kids were kinda homeless having to stay at various friends homes,” Jil said. “I was referred from child protective services to Flourishing Families who connected me to the LEAP Organization. I am very grateful for all that Calendra and Canadra were able to do for my family and I while we waited on LEAP to be able provide this opportunity great opportunity. The apartment is beautiful and exactly what I need to get back on my feet.”

Calendra Blanks from Flourishing Families outlined their mission,  “Flourishing Families caters to citizens that are homeless and/or low income. We help our clients find shelter and assist with child care. Having recently partnered with LEAP, we are excited about the opportunity to positively impact our community and look forward to being able to assist the next family.”

Simpson will receive the first two months of housing free of charge. The 3rd and 4th month will be $225. With additional assistance provided such as job training, resume writing, and interview technique coaching. The goal is to assist her in becoming self sufficient by the 5th month to take care of her family with limited to no assistance so that LEAP can then reach out to help the next family.

Many other organizations such as Flourishing Families, H.O.P.E., the Emmanuel Family Life Center, First Missionary Baptist Church, the Convenient Shopper, Clarksville Restore, and members of the community have came forward to offer additional assistance in providing the every day items needed for the family to start over, including couches, appliances, cookware, clothing, and other household items.

LEAP founder, Richard “Reason” Garrett said, “I appreciate those that believed in me and this vision that God gave me years ago when I first began to share it. Although fulfilling the vision in its entirety is still a ways off, I count it a blessing to see steps being taken in the right direction to make it manifest. I am excited for this organization and the doors being opened so that we can continue to be a blessing to the city of Clarksville by LEAPing for success through faith, education, and outreach.”

For additional information about LEAP or to apply for its programs please visit www.leaporg.net

LEAP Preps Students through Internet Based Collegiate Scavenger Hunt

Clarksville, TN – On Wednesday, March 2nd 2011 students from the LEAP Intern program participated in a collegiate Internet trivia based scavenger hunt. “The objective of the exercise was to familiarize students with utilizing the Internet to research college majors, requirements, fun interesting facts about various schools,” says, Tamira Cole, President of the LEAP Organization Board of Directors. As an incentive for participating, the group who won the scavenger hunt received two $25.00 gift cards to stores of their choosing.

March is Higher Learning Month, on the LEAP calendar where student will participate in weekly activities geared towards opening students minds to the idea of pursuing a higher education after high school through college trips, field trips, events, scholarships, and speakers

LEAP Diversity Potluck

Clarksville, TN – On Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011, The LEAP Organization hosted a youth diversity potluck at the Emmanuel Family Life Center for the students enrolled in the LEAP Intern Program.

In the weeks leading up to the potluck students were broken up into groups and assigned various cultures to research and present interesting facts on. They also learned the importance of understanding cultural diversity and how it can impact them later on life.

Guest Speakers, Elizabeth Adamski from HOPE and Electra Fredrick from ElectraCity shared their cultural history and how their heritage affects them today. Students and speakers brought food from various cultures for the group to sample diverse cuisines.

2nd Annual Billy Dubose Scholarship Ball

December 3, 2010 marked the 2nd Annual Billy Dubose Scholarship Ball hosted by the Emmanuel Family Life Center. The evening was filled with fun and fellowship. Many organizations and members of the community participated and supported the note worthy cause of providing scholarships to our youth to aid them in their pursuit of higher learning. The goal was to provide 5 students with scholarships ($500 each). Through generous contributions from participants as well as Bennett’s Photography approximately $2,000 was raised toward the goal of $2,500.

For those that were unable to attend and would still like to contribute please call Sis Edith Kidd at 931-647-4341. The deadline for students to apply for the scholarship is February 11, 2011.

The scholarships will be awarded at the 2nd Annual Stomp and Sound Off Crew Challenge March 12, 2011 at Kenwood High School. This event is sponsored by the LEAP ORG and will feature high school step teams and show bands competing for the crown. For more information about the Stomp and Sound Off please contact Richard Garrett at 931-378-0500.

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Single Mother Award Apartment through LEAP Housing Program

On November 19,2011 Sherry Walcott signed her lease in the offices of Millan Enterprises to be the first single parent assisted under the LEAP Housing Program. Through a partnership with Millan Enterprises, the LEAP ORG provides housing to low income single parents who find themselves in dire need of housing. Sherry will receive the first two months of housing free of charge. The 3rd and 4th month will be $225. With additional assistance such as job training, resume writing, and interview technique coaching, the goal is to assist Ms Walcott in becoming self sufficient by the 5th month to take care of her family with limited to no assistance so that LEAP can reach out and help the next family.

Sherry received the key to her apartment on November 22nd and had these remarks after touring the apartment, “This is truly an answered prayer. After all my kids and I have been through, I am so grateful.”

Many other organizations such as HOPE, the Emmanuel Family Life Center, First Missionary Baptist Church, the Convenient Shopper, and several members of the community have came forth to offer additional assistance by providing much needed items for the family to start over. Couches, appliances, cookware, clothing, and other household items were donated to aid the family.

LEAP ORG Founder, Richard “Reason” Garrett, had this to say, “I appreciate those that believed in me and this vision that God gave me years ago when I first began to share it. Although fulfilling the vision in its entirety is still a ways off, I count it a blessing to see steps being taken in the right direction to make it manifest. I am excited for this organization and the doors being opened so that we can continue to be a blessing to the city of Clarksville by LEAPing for success through faith, education, and outreach.”

Sherry received the key to her apartment on November 22nd and had these remarks after touring the apartment, “This is truly an answered prayer. After all my kids and I have been through, I am so grateful.”

Many other organizations such as HOPE, the Emmanuel Family Life Center, First Missionary Baptist Church, the Convenient Shopper, and several members of the community have came forth to offer additional assistance by providing much needed items for the family to start over. Couches, appliances, cookware, clothing, and other household items were donated to aid the family.

LEAP ORG Founder, Richard “Reason” Garrett, had this to say, “I appreciate those that believed in me and this vision that God gave me years ago when I first began to share it. Although fulfilling the vision in its entirety is still a ways off, I count it a blessing to see steps being taken in the right direction to make it manifest. I am excited for this organization and the doors being opened so that we can continue to be a blessing to the city of Clarksville by LEAPing for success through faith, education, and outreach.”

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Community Unites to Speak to Alternative School Students

On November 19th, Take It By Force Ministries led by Alea Rogers went into the Greenwood Alternative School to speak students about the life, the value of education, and opportunities available to them to help them succeed. Among the speakers were Truth (Gospel Rapper), Simone Bryant (Gospel Rapper), Tennessee Suicide Awareness, and Richard “Reason” Garrett with the LEAP ORG. Testimonies were given and an opportunity extended to the students to join the LEAP Intern program which provided free mentoring, tutoring, and scholarships as well as allows students to intern for businesses to learn a trade.

The Convenient Shopper Magazine held business mixer

The Convenient Shopper Business Mixer was held yesterday at the Kennedy Center on Fort Campbell Blvd. The networking event hosted  by Treva Gordon and Damon King, and brings together local business people and potential clientèle to make the connections that makes success happen for your business.

Sponsors for the evening included the Kennedy Law firm, James Shelly State Farm Insurance, Travel with Me, Attorney Merriel Bullock Neal, Clarksville Colonics, Tom & Tony’s, Praise Radio, L&S Elegant Weddings & Occasion Designers, L.E.A.P., The Young Daughters of Destiny, Maurice Hobbs Insurance, Braxton Photography, Sams’ Club, Joy’s Diner, Carolyn Long. Chick Fil A on Madison Street, MelRose BBQ, Nuttin But Wings, and Sports Clips.

Business was the primary focus of the evening. Topics included Clarksville Colonics and how stress affects weight loss, Putting your name on your business by Chonta Nealous, Praise radio conducted a session on how the ongoing corporatization of media affects our local market. At times their session seemed more like a worship session.

Local attorney Kevin Kennedy who provided the location for the meeting said “The Convenient Shopper Business Mixers are a great place to make new friends in our area, and whenever you meet new people it always helps your business”

The next Convenient Shopper Business Mixer Networking Event will be held March 2011.

To read full news article CLICK HERE

Back to School Bash

Thursday, July 29th  Back to School Bash was hosted at Summit Heights at 3:30pm and Lincoln Homes at 5:30pm. LEAP, Faith Outreach, 1st Baptist, First Missionary Baptist church, Clarksville Housing Authority, Headstart, TeNNder Care, and several other organizations partnered together to provide school supplies to the underprivileged.  This is the 15th year for this event. Great effort by all the folks involved.

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