Author Archives: Adrienne Upwork

Why We LEAP for Youth

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) At LEAP Foundation DC, we are committed to addressing the unmet social and health needs of the people of the District of Columbia and the surrounding areas. We do this through educational opportunities and programs […]

Join Us in Fighting the Mental Illness Stigma

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) Mental Illness Awareness Week begins this Sunday and runs through Saturday, October 12. Each year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, along with participants across the United States, works to raise awareness of mental illness […]

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, LEAP Foundation DC proudly supporting Smile Train

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO of LEAP Foundation DC, recently signed up to run for Smile Train Team EMPOWER (read more here: https://www.smiletrain.org/stories/team-empower-spotlight-dr-clayton-lawrence). The endurance athlete discovered that the benefits of marathon running not […]

21 Reasons to Make Breakfast a Priority

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) They don’t call breakfast “the most important meal of the day” for nothing. The morning meal can either make or break your day. Don’t eat anything before you start your day and you’ll be feeling […]

Join us in finding solutions for childhood cancer and obesity

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) Youth. Our mission at LEAP Foundation DC makes these young, growing leaders a priority by providing educational and training opportunities to meet the aspirations of the underserved citizens of the District of Columbia. Since 2009, […]

What Are You Teaching?

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) As parents, caregivers and mentors, we are constantly under the watchful eye of young learners. It doesn’t take long before our habits become the habits of younger people who learn from our examples. This includes […]

Success starts with YOU

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) With every first day of school comes an opportunity to change the direction of a student’s educational pathway. From the youth’s perspective, it serves as a fresh start to maintain good grades, get involved and […]

15 Ways to Ensure Everyone Has a Positive First Day of School

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) Back-to-school can be both an exciting and a nerve-wracking time. Meeting new teachers, getting to know expectations and starting a new routine can cause a lot of anxiety. But there is a much bigger problem. […]