Life-Skills, Empowerment, And Development Services (LEADS)

FREE Programs and Services

LEADS offers FREE programs designed to work jointly to promote emotional, social, and academic competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavioral and emotional problems and risk-taking behaviors, problems that if addressed properly can improve a life's trajectory.

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About Us

Life-Skills, Empowerment, and Development Services, Inc.

 

Mission: To Educate Children, Empower Families, Enable Equitable Communities, and Embrace Diversity
 
Vision: We envision a State of Florida with well-functioning families, thriving individuals, and strong communities.

Core Beliefs: 

  • There is strength in diversity
  • Well-functioning families form the foundation of strong communities
  • All people benefit from the 5-Rs: Reflective abilities; Regulation of Self; Respect for Self and Others; Relationship Skills; and Responsibility-taking

Our Programs

FREE programs designed to promote emotional, social, and academic competence

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Fabulous Relationships and Intimacy Education that Nurtures Development – FRIEND CAMPS
For Middle School Students

Youth who complete the 2-day program will receive a $50-$75 Amazon gift card.

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Dates: 11/26 & 11/27 - 1221 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 (Unit C)

Dates: 12/3 & 12/4 - 1221 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 (Unit C)

Dates: 12/17 & 12/18 - Virtual

 

 

 

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Health Education and Relationship Training Services – HEARTS-H CAMPS
For High School Students

Youth who complete the 2-day program will receive a $50-$75 Amazon gift card.

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Dates: 11/19 & 11/20 - 535 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Fl, 33701

Dates: 11/26 & 11/27 - 1221 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 (Unit A)



Dates: 12/3 & 12/4 - 1221 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 (Unit A)

Dates: 12/17 & 12/18 - Virtual

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Health Education and Relationship Training Services – HEARTS-M CAMPS
For Middle School Students


At each of the FREE camps, youth receive a $20 Domino’s gift card (this applies to virtual camps only), snacks, and a T-shirt. Trained facilitators, one male, one female, deliver 13 healthy relationship lessons from Love Notes, a curriculum developed in the context of dating and romantic connections. The goal of the HEARTS Camps is to help young people 11-14 years of age build a foundation for healthy romantic relationships now, and for lasting, positive family environments in the future. Sessions include art, video, music, and discussion.
 
Love Notes builds skills and knowledge for healthy and successful relationships with partners, family, and friends. The communication skills and self-awareness components of Love Notes are key to all kinds of relationships in life. 

Each HEARTS Camp will meet on two consecutive Saturdays.

Youth who complete the 2-day program will receive a $50-$75 Amazon gift card.


HEARTS Camps are a fun way to learn to build healthy relationships that can last a lifetime.
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Pinellas County:


Dates: 12/3 & 12/4 - Mt. Moriah - Mt. Moriah Baptist Church

Hillsborough County:

Dates: 11/9 - Memorial Middle School - 4702 N Central Ave

Dates: 11/12 & 11/19 - Victory AME Church - 5206 S 86th Street Tampa Fl 33619


Orange County:

Dates: 11/17 - 11/19 - BRIDGE TO Independence - 630 Home Grove Drive

Dates: 11/25 & 11/26 - NSI  Foundation - 4836 Kath Jo Terrence, Orlando, Fl, 32808

Dates: 11/28 & 11/29 - NSI  Foundation - 4836 Kath Jo Terrence, Orlando, Fl, 328085


Duval County:


Palm Beach County:
 

Miami-Dade County:

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Effective Black Parenting (EBP)

Effective Black Parenting (EBP)

Effective Black Parenting (EBP) is a parenting skill-building program created by Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) specifically for parents of African American children ages 0- 19. EBPP is the premier program in helping to Raise Proud, Respectful, Confident and Healthy African American Children

The goals of the CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP) include:

• Promote cultural pride
• Reduce parental stress
• Improve child behavior and performance
• Strengthen family cohesion & communication
• Cope better with racism and prejudice

This seminar is being presented by Life-Skills, Empowerment, And Development Services (LEADS) Florida, Inc. in partnership with Next STEPP Center - Services to Those Experiencing Pregnancy or Parenting.

Parents who complete the 2-day program will receive a $50-$75 Amazon gift card.

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Dates:

 

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Our Services

FREE Core Programs to help strengthen families and individuals

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FRIEND Camps


The FRIEND Camps offer the same, evidence-based healthy relationship training program as HEARTS, but the curriculum has been adapted to be age appropriate for middle school youth (ages 11-14).
This project was made possible by Grant Number SR20000837 of the HHS Youth and Family Services Bureau

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HEARTS Camps


This project was made possible by Grant Number TP1AH000197 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs.

The Incredible Years


The Incredible Years is a series of three separate, evidence-based, multifaceted, and developmentally focused curricula for parents, teachers, and children. This series is designed to promote emotional and social competence; and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavior and emotional problems in young children.

24:7 Dad
Developed by parenting and fatherhood experts, 24/7 Dad® A.M. and P.M. teaches men the characteristics they need to be good fathers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Heart Final Report: Key Accomplishments & Successes

LEADS was one of the first Office of Population Affairs (OPA) funded agencies to make a smooth and successful transition to virtual implementation early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Pinellas County Florida public schools closed on March 14, 2020, for Spring Break and never reopened. Anticipating a long closure, LEADS implemented its first virtual class on March 28, 2020, with all materials hand-delivered to participants. Despite quickly shifting to a virtual format, our program remained high in quality and fidelity.

Amidst the challenges of virtual implementation, we served 270 youth and their families in year 2 with a completion rate of 96.67%. Note: in our program youth must complete 100% of the curriculum to be considered completed.

DOWNLOAD OUR FINAL REPORT.PDF HERE

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Our Funders

 

We would like to give a huge THANK YOU to these wonderful partners that help to fund our programs!!

Pinellas Community Foundation
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Community Foundation of Tampa Bay



Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs



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