Project LEAP


LEAPing Toward Independence & Employment

Applications will be available before December 1, 2019


Session 1 - June 5-14, 2020

Session 2 - July 17-26, 2020

Photos of LEAP studentsTexas A&M University, College Station, Texas


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 event

2.     Entering 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade during the 2020-2021 school year (students in post-secondary programs such as 18+ are also strongly encouraged to apply)

3.     Must not have graduated/left high school or district post-secondary program


Applications will be available November 1, 2019


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: May 2020 (June Event)

LEAP II: June 2020 (July Event)


For more information about Project LEAP, please contact Dr. Shaunta Singer at



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LEAP Photo and Video Archives


View the Photos and Videos from 2019


Watch the Austin Visit from July 2018

Photos from July 2018

Watch the Austin Visit from June 2018

Photos from June 2018



Click on the image to see more photos from the June 2017 LEAP Program and trip to Austin.

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Click on a student for their comment

Alex quote - Stand up for yourself Ashley quote - Feel ValuedSarah quote - See things Branden quote - The key to success

What did you learn at LEAP Video   (Student Comments)


Click on the YouTube link to see videos from LEAP and other CDD Programs