Project LEAP

LEAP artwork






The Leadership, Employability, and Advocacy Project (LEAP) will select thirty (30) youth ages 14-22 (AT EACH EVENT) from qualified applicants across the state of Texas. This exciting educational ten-day training program includes a tour of the State Capitol, a meeting with state-level officials, and one day of mock legislative sessions. To be selected, participants must meet the following criteria: 

1.Be between the ages of 14-22 at the time of the event2.Entering 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade during the 2022 – 2023school year (students in post-secondary programs such as 18+ area so strongly encouraged to apply)

Applicants must complete and submit an application. Please see below for the application deadlines for each LEAP event (participants may only attend one of the LEAP events) 

LEAP I – June 10-19, 202

LEAP II – July 22-31, 2022 

Application Deadlines

  • LEAP I:

    •     May 6, 2022: LEAP I
  • LEAP II: 

    •   June 10, 2022: LEAP II

 For more information about Project LEAP, please contact

Ms. Shelbi Davaenport at

or Dr. Xuan (Jade) Wu at 

Mentors (STARS) Wanted

Ideal mentors will:

  • Seek opportunities to teach students with disabilities
  • Have experience working with individuals with disabilities (not a requirement)
  • Have work availability up to 10-20 hours per week