Author Archives: Adrienne Upwork

LEAP WITH US: Summertime Check List

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) Summer vacation is officially upon us. Kids are free from school work, temperatures are finally on the rise and long-awaited getaways are underway. Summer is a time for making memories, enjoying warm breezes and late […]

LEAP WITH US: Graduation – What’s Next?

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others. You’ve survived your final high school final. You said goodbye on your last day of school through a mix of tears and anticipation. And you’ve completed the rite of passage and received your diploma. It’s […]

LEAP WITH US: The Power Behind Five Simple Questions 

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others. There is no denying the power of positive reinforcement. Our nonprofit, Leap Foundation DC, which offers mentorship programs and scholarships to disadvantaged youth, understands the vulnerabilities of the preteen and teenage years. Even toddlers respond […]

LEAP WITH US: Educator Appreciation

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others. Another school year soon will be coming to an end. It’s always a busy time of year with finals preparation, desk and locker cleanout, end-of-year parties and the challenging (and often dreaded) task of finding […]

LEAP WITH US: Preparation is Key During Finals Week

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others. With just about four weeks left for most schools across the nation, students and teachers are beginning to prepare for final testing. A terrifying time of year, the word “finals” just sounds so, well, final. […]

LEAP WITH US: Make Financial Wellness a Top Priority

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others. As mentors, parents, caregivers and guardians, it is up to use to instill healthy and safe practices in our youth. This is best achieved through leading by example. Some lifestyle habits can be easy to […]

LEAP WITH US: Standardized Testing? Pshhhh – It’s a Breeze

It’s the time of year that most students dread – just weeks away from the end of the final school semester is the beginning of standardized testing. Depending on the age group, this can sometimes mean several separate sets of tests administered over the course of a few weeks. The Common Core standards, which includes […]

LEAP WITH US: Go After that Scholarship

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others. If college seems financially impossible, it is important to consider the vast availability of scholarships. From local nonprofits, to private universities and athletic programs, the opportunities to secure a scholarship are endless. But, it can […]