The Leadership Empowerment Project (LEP) focuses on leadership development of young African American men at the freshmen and sophomore college levels in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Our objective is to recruit students, who have demonstrated a desire to overcome disadvantages and barriers that threaten their path to lifelong opportunity. Program participants will meet criteria outlined by LEP. To be considered, participants must be identified and recommended by college professor, dean, president or representatives of community faith-based institutions.
In 1983 Ebony magazine published a special edition on “The Crisis of the Black Male.” The cover story of the magazine raised the issue about the “crisis” and placed it on the African American media and policy agenda. And then the statistics came, which concluded that…
“the crisis of the Black male lie in high rates of criminality, incarceration, alcohol and drug use, unwed parenting, and premature death; their low rates of legal employment, high school completion, college attendance, and active participation in the lives of their children.”
Over 35 years later, the same issues remain and the numbers are rising. Although today there seems to be a renewed sense of urgency because we are losing African American boys by Grade 4 and at the same time it seems that there is a sense of resignation to the reality that more prisons are being built to warehouse them than schools.
The Center on American Progress released a disturbing statistic concerning the future of African American men…
“One out of three black men is destined for prison.”
Promising research shows that programming in leadership development and sustainability, mentoring, and the creation of opportunity were key factors in turning the tide. It is our heart’s desire and prayer to place a net under those two out three young African American men and help to ensure they do not fall through the cracks.
Read more about the LEP founder and our leadership curriculum partnership with the John Maxwell Organization here.
The Leadership Empowerment Project is 501c3 Charity.