LEAP for Girls

Our Leadership Empowerment and Awareness Program (LEAP) for Girls trains a new generation of community educators and activists residing in East Harlem, Central Brooklyn, and the South Bronx—New York City communities of color, with the highest incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS.

Through its 18-session curriculum, LEAP for Girls empowers young women of color between the ages of 12 and 18 by strengthening their leadership abilities—including their public speaking, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills—and educating them about self-advocacy, HIV/AIDS and its related subjects.

In an attempt to address the broader range of factors that influence how decisions about sex and sexual health are made, the program also incorporates a clinic visit, bilingual parent workshop, and participant-run community action project related to HIV/AIDS education and awareness. In addition, parents and guardians of LEAP for Girls participants have the opportunity to attend a workshop on parent-child connectedness. They also receive a listing of local resources and a copy of “Talking With Your Daughter About Sex & HIV Prevention”.

To date, 521 young women of color have graduated from LEAP for Girls and have reached 12,600 of their peers through community action projects.

Other Love Heals Youth Initiative Programs:

Speakers Bureau| Youngblood [2.0]| Parent-Child Communication Workshop| Condom Distribution Project| Youth Advisory Council

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