192018Jul
LEAP WITH US: What NOT to Say

LEAP WITH US: What NOT to Say

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) We all know how hard raising teens can be. And those who mentor adolescents, from school counselors and coaches, to trusted adults and relatives, understand that a conversation can go sour in a matter of…

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122018Jul
LEAP WITH US: Gratitude

LEAP WITH US: Gratitude

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) Gratitude. A quick Google search brings up the definition as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” We all have that special someone who comes into our lives…

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52018Jul
LEAP WITH US: College is Just Around the Corner

LEAP WITH US: College is Just Around the Corner

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) It soon will be time for high school graduates to take the next step on their educational journeys. Heading off to college is a scary time for some, but it really doesn’t need to be….

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282018Jun
LEAP WITH US: Things to do with the Youth in Your Life

LEAP WITH US: Things to do with the Youth in Your Life

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) Things have certainly changed since the smartphone took over the world. No longer do families and friends communicate face-to-face – instead, it’s through screens and over text. While it’s important to embrace the amazing luxuries…

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212018Jun
LEAP WITH US: Collaboration is Key

LEAP WITH US: Collaboration is Key

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) Here at LEAP Foundation DC, we are on a mission to bridge the gap between hope and achievement for disadvantaged youth in the District of Columbia and the surrounding area. This means that we make…

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142018Jun
LEAP WITH US: Stop Hiding and Start Re-Discovering

LEAP WITH US: Stop Hiding and Start Re-Discovering

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.) Very few of us are not guilty of spending too much time in front of the screen. From texting and playing games, to reading and taking photos, technology does not discriminate against age. Toddlers are…

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72018Jun
LEAP WITH US: Summertime Check List

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…

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312018May
LEAP WITH US: Graduation – What’s Next?

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…

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242018May
LEAP WITH US: The Power Behind Five Simple Questions 

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…

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172018May
LEAP WITH US: Summer Vacations Don’t Need to Break the Bank

LEAP WITH US: Summer Vacations Don’t Need to Break the Bank

Summer vacation is upon us, which presents a fair amount of free time to explore the amazing world around us. There are so many incredible learning opportunities across the country and many of them cost little to no money. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to spend some quality time together with family, so…

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102018May
LEAP WITH US: Educator Appreciation

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…

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32018May
LEAP WITH US: Preparation is Key During Finals Week

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….

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