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Local News: The new L.E.A.D. Program is something to follow! Black Habits Articles A new mentorship, community, self-help organization will make its debut in September 2007 here in Toronto with its organizational acronym – L.E.A.D. – standing for: Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement and Determination.

The L.E.A.D. program is a high school student-transition program designed for Grades 11 and 12 “at risk” students as they consider their future continuing-education and employment opportunities. The inaugural 2007 L.E.A.D. Program, presented by the Canadian Multicultural LEAD Organization, will run for eighth days at the Kensington Health Centre, 45 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto (see attached for scheduled tutorial days and proposed content).

Initiated by Wendy Beckles, CGA, she is the CFO of “The Kensington Health Centre” – a community-driven organization that values excellence, respect and teamwork. Beckles is also the Administration and Finance head of L.E.A.D.

“This program is intended to be a positive, life-changing experience for the students,” says Beckles. “It will nurture confidence and hope within the youth to empower them on their path to productive lifestyles.”

The L.E.A.D. program’s PR launch will be on Thursday, August 29th, 2007; with the actual mentorship program to commence on September 22nd, 2007 through to December 15th, 2007 comprising eight days of intense mentoring from L.E.A.D. luminaries including: Wendy Beckles, CGA; Nicole Baxter, B.Sc., B.Ed., OCT; Juliet M. Daniel, Ph.D.; Catherine Bruce, B.A.Sc., B.Ed., OCT; and other mentors to be announced.

“This unique program,” continues Beckles, “will focus on building (i) leadership, (ii) empowerment, (iii) achievement, and (iv) determination skills in each and every one of our students. The program will be customized so as to meet the needs of each individual student – all of whom will be required to complete a personalized comprehensive workbook that will serve as a reference tool for his/her future decision-making. Working together as teammates, the students will be mentored, by adults, as they compile a workbook of information customized for each individual participant.”

The Canadian Multicultural LEAD Organization welcomes your participation in helping to mentor its first class of students. Please contact Wendy Beckles at for more details. Also, any financial contributions of $25 or more will receive an official tax receipt “upon request.”
Posted on Monday, August 27 @ 18:44:18 UTC by jcohen

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