LEAP Program FAQs

Q.

What does LEAP mean?

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LEAP stands for Lead Empower Achieve with Poe.

Q.

What is the goal of the LEAP program?

A.

The LEAP program seeks to recognize, strengthen and support youth leaders, and to highlight the importance of leadership in Wake County youth.   Additional goals include increasing leadership and teamwork skills, positive communication skills and healthy decision making skills.

Q.

Who could best benefit from participating in the LEAP group?

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All youth could benefit from the LEAP program.  A LEAP program staff member will individually interview each youth to determine youth’s success at school, at home and in the community, as well as their personal strengths and goals.

Q.

How many youth can be in a LEAP program?

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The group size goal at each LEAP program site is about 10-12 youth.

Q.

What are the requirements for someone to take part in the LEAP program?

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All LEAP participants must live in Wake County and be in 3rd through 12th grade.  Also, each youth will need to have their parent or guardian sign the LEAP participation program form.

Q.

What happens after a youth turns in their LEAP program participation form?

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A LEAP program staff member will individually interview each youth.

Q.

How long do the interviews take?

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The individual interviews usually take about 10-15 minutes. The LEAP program staff will need a private area to talk with each youth on site.

Q.

How long do the LEAP group sessions last?

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Each LEAP program session usually runs about one hour.  Some sites have been able to accommodate longer sessions, particularly over the summer.

Q.

How many LEAP program sessions will youth attend?

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It depends on the science-based curriculum chosen to meet the needs of the youth as well as the goals of the site. It could be as few as 9 sessions or as many as 90 sessions.

Q.

How often will the LEAP group meet?

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That also depends on the curriculum and the site goals. If possible, it is recommended that LEAP groups meet twice a week, but meeting once a week is possible.

Q.

Do you offer the LEAP program during certain times of the year?

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The LEAP program typically follows the traditional school schedule and offers programming beginning in September, February and during the summer months.  There are other times available depending on scheduling and LEAP program staff availability.

Q.

Why should my school, faith, camp or community based site agree to start at LEAP program?

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LEAP programming is a high quality experience for youth that could benefit from prevention programming.  In addition, there are benefits that that your site will receive such as:

  • Engaging and highly interactive program for site youth
  • Improved behaviors by LEAP program involved youth
  • Better site ratios and decreased staff time needed during LEAP group times
  • Access to other Poe programming and camps
  • Leadership opportunities for youth such as the Poe Teen Health Advisory Council membership & Tobacco Prevention Leadership Opportunities
  • One free two hour Drugs Uncovered program for parents and site staff (a $600 value!)

Q.

What role does the school, faith, camp or community based staff play in the implementation of the LEAP program?

A.

We need your assistance with the following:

  • Selecting youth that could benefit from this kind of group experience.
  • Assist with sharing the Parent/Guardian Permission Forms with the youth and getting them returned in a timely manner.
  • Assist LEAP program staff in establishing a program schedule that is mindful of the site calendar commitments.
  • Securing space for individual interviews with youth.
  • Securing space for LEAP program sessions.
  • Educating site staff about youth’s participation schedule.
  • Site staff participation in-group session is encouraged but not required.
  • Share feedback on LEAP program staff performance.
  • Share feedback on LEAP program youth progress and assist with attendance tracking.
  • Access to TV/DVD, WiFi if possible.

Q.

I am interested in having the LEAP program at my school, faith, camp or community based site!  Where do I sign up?

A.

Please contact LEAP Program Manager, Deborah Hendren at d.hendren@poehealth.org or (919) 231-4006 ext. 305.




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