Lead the Way Foundation
 

About Lead the Way Foundation

Lead the Way Foundation is an established non profit organization. It is our belief that every child has the right to a quality education, which is the base for personal success. However, not every child is presented with that opportunity.  Lead the Way Foundation has made it our responsibility to provide programs for children to help them reach their greatest potential.


Lead the Way Foundation uses education based programs to serve as motivators, mentors, supporters, role-models,to make sure that children are surrounded with an abundance of positive attitudes and choices.


History

Lead the Way Foundation grew out of a need for sustained programs to engage families in strengthening their children, and to partner with families to change the environment at school, in our neighborhoods, and at home. Based on the model Ready Kids, Ready Schools Ready Communities  in 2004 and was incorporated in 2007 .


Several activities conducted in the community:


  1. Community Event- LTWF partnered with Paramount Baptist Church, Metropolitan Police Department, and Samaritan Feet to provide 500 residents of the Ward 8 community with a feet washing and a new pair of shoes, and of food. This event occurs annually at various location within Ward 8.


  1. Frederick Douglass Weed and Seed Discovery Classroom Project- Working in partnership with Turner @ Green Elementary School LTWF provided Discovery Classroom activities for 46 students in grades pre-K through 5th grade.  Youth, parents and teachers were taken on field trips focusing in social studies, science, and technology.  Funding was provided by the US Department of Justice.


  1. Built a Community Playground- LTWF partnered with the District of Columbia Housing Authority and Make Kids Smile and the Henson Ridge community for a day of service and built and ADA appropriate playground. Also hosted the community event following the day of service.


  1. Ft. DuPont Community Gardens- LTWF has facilitated for the past twelve (12) years with community residents of all ages to develop and maintain a number of community gardens.  These gardens have also served as a platform to provide food and nutrition information.


•Region I Lead Entity Project- LTWF subcontracted with East of the River Clergy, Police, and Community Partnership to provide Lead Entity services to 134 previously incarcerated youth who were returning to the community.


•Congress Heights Youth Support Program- LTWF piloted an eighteen (18) week community youth engagement program designed to provide targeted participants with the education, health, workforce development and life skills necessary to promote successful transition into adulthood. Services targeted to 50 youth, ages 12-21, residing in the Congress Heights community of Ward 8. The Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development Neighborhood Investment Fund provided funding. 


•Community Beautification- LTWF collaborated with the Ward 8 Green Council, Casey Trees, The Cherry Blossom Festival, Department of Park and Recreation, and Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development to plant over 150 Cherry Blossom trees in Oxon Run Park and hosted the Community Event following the tree planting.


•Community Gardening and Nutrition Works Shops- LTWF was on the planning committee and partnered with the Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, Humanities Council of Washington, and The ARC and provided workshops at the First Annual St. Elizabeth’s Summer Festival Events that was attended by over 1,000 residents.