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L.E.A.D

We are LEAD (Leadership, Education, Adventure, Direction), a teen organization for low-income youth in Lane County, Oregon. Established in 1998 as a partnership with the City of Eugene and Housing and Community Services, LEAD has grown into a vibrant, community-supported non-profit organization.

Mission Statement


Our mission is to develop the leadership skills of low-income youth, empowering them to address community problems and change the world.

Who are we?

LEAD is an organization that provides low-income youth with life-enriching experiences. The results speak in the lives of the participants. One teen, a high school dropout at 14, participated in LEAD and upon encouragement from the program returned to school, graduated, moved out of a drug-abusing family and is now a college student with a part-time job. Many teens have stopped smoking, using illegal drugs, and taking psychiatric medication.

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