Last month, Ladies who are Educated AND have Purpose (L.E.A.P.) held their second annual conference at Gary Comer College Prep, a Noble campus in the Grand Crossings neighborhood. This year, the conference had over 80 young women attend a variety of 12 workshops, a fashion show, 30 speakers and a keynote address from Chanelle Bell, the manager of government and community affairs at Noble Network.
The L.E.A.P. program was started by Sekordi Ojo, a teacher at Gary Comer College Prep. “I founded L.E.A.P. because I was inspired by one of my advisees. She had begun to develop an interest in mentoring other young ladies and was looking for an opportunity to give back to her community. With all of these things simultaneously happening, I took my idea to Mr. Singleton and he agreed to support us 100%,” explained Ms. Ojo. L.E.A.P.’s mission is to give young girls access to information that will help them develop as individuals mentally, physically, and emotionally.
This year, the conference revolved around the theme “Secure the bag”, one additional skill set, friendship, or mindset/belief that they could use that would help them “secure the bag”, a phrased that relates to establishing a title or stability. For each attendee, securing the bag meant something different based in their short term and long term goals. The L.E.A.P. conference had an executive team that is comprised of high school female students that have demonstrated leadership potential. This year’s executive team included nine young ladies from Gary Comer College Prep.
Check out the photos from the L.E.A.P. Conference below:
At Noble, we are college bound. As the largest charter public school network in Chicago, Noble’s high school program exposes our students to higher education options and guides them through the collegiate application process. Through college trips, college fairs, summer college immersion programs and required academic courses, Noble demystifies the college experience and shapes students’ beliefs and confidence about higher education.