Inspiring and Developing Leaders

For 10 years, L.E.A.D. Nation has been developing youth to become leaders in our community. Serving middle and high school students, 99% of the youth who have participated in our programs have graduated high school and many have gone on to college.

Through our program initiatives, we have merged local and national leaders, businesses and service organizations together to make a great impact on our youth.


“Studies show that students who have mentors make better grades, attend college in greater numbers, have less teenage pregnancies and are less susceptible to negative peer pressure choices,” says Adrian D. Freeman, MBA, Executive Director of L.E.A.D. Nation.

S.T.E.P.S. is our monthly mentoring initiative that serves parents and youth in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties on the last Saturday of each month. This program is housed on the campus of our longtime partner Broward College. Our monthly engagement sessions are high energy and follow a curriculum developed for student success. Students attend a series of workshops focused on STEM Education, Financial Literacy, College Preparation, Youth Violence Prevention, Healthy Living and more. Students also travel each year to visit colleges and to experience the culture of US cities. Past trips include San Francisco, California; Washington, DC; Atlanta, Georgia; and Orlando, Florida.

Youth Development Series (YDS)

Youth Development Series events are designed to focus on one area of learning. These Bi-Annual events build on the teachings from the South Florida Youth Summit and are held in various locations around South Florida as town halls or half-day conferences. They feature extended sessions and hands on exercises where students are immersed in a particular area of learning. Past events have focused on LEADership Development, Childhood Obesity Awareness, STEM, Coding and Boys Empowerment. Past guests have included award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, thought leader and MSNBC Contributor Jeff Johnson and a host of others.

South Florida Youth Summit

The South Florida Youth Summit (SFYS) is a free 4-day event for all students and features interactive and experiential learning sessions presented by influential speakers and educators throughout South Florida. Topics discussed at this year’s Summit will focus on leadership development, technology, education, entrepreneurship, health & wellness and much more. The Summit will also feature an exciting lineup of speakers and presenters to motivate and encourage our youth and those responsible for teaching and training them. Notable guests scheduled to attend this year’s Summit includes Civil Rights Legend and Congressman John Lewis; Award-Winning Journalist and Social Architect Jeff Johnson; Founder of Honey Shine, Inc. Tracy Wilson Mourning; Executive Director of the Dream Defenders Umi Selah; Author/Mentor Specialist Shawn Blanchard; and South Florida Community Activist Tangela Sears.