"Becoming a leader is synonymous with

becoming yourself. 

It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult."   


~Warren G. Bennis

To learn more about the work we do, from the people we work with, check out these short videos:


2020 Student Impact Video

2019 Student Ripple Video

2018 About Leadership Launch Video


Every person has a spark of leadership. As Howard Thurman says, “Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive and go do it because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”  At Leadership Launch, we are here to help students identify and ignite their own leadership spark.  We seek to empower, educate, and equip students to share their leadership spark with their communities.



Our mission is to empower, equip and engage student leaders from a place of equity.  We primarily work with first-generation college-bound students, as well as students facing significant financial or personal hardship, to achieve their full leadership potential through character training, educational achievement and community launch projects.

Leadership is the overarching goal behind every component of our program.  We believe that education can change the trajectory of young people’s lives.  However, our mission is not just to help young people earn a college degree, but to help them figure out what they want to do with their lives and how they want to make an impact as future community leaders.  We adhere to the Latin phrase non nobis solum nati sumus—not unto ourselves alone are we born.

By limiting each leadership class to five students (25 in a program), our goal is to make Leadership Launch as individualized as possible. We fully expect “leadership” to take many forms and to look different for each participant. Our goal is to support, encourage, and assist participants in achieving their full leadership potential.

Learn more about each aspect of our program:

Character Training

Educational Achievement

Launch Projects

Let Your Leader Out

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