Proven Models

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)

LEDA is the leading organization nationally to position high-achieving, under-resourced youth to gain admission to and succeed at the nation’s top colleges. LEDA boasts a network of nearly 1,300 LEDA Scholars and Career Fellows. Each year, LEDA recruits 100 high school students from across the country via the LEDA Scholars Program, and provides them with a seven-week intensive Summer Institute held at Princeton University which includes college guidance services, standardized ACT and SAT test prep, writing instruction, and leadership study. Staff continue to remotely support students throughout the college application and selection process. As a result, 34% of LEDA Scholars have enrolled in Ivy League institutions and 85% have enrolled in “Most Competitive” colleges and universities as classified by Barron’s. LEDA continues to remotely support students in college through its College Success and Career Network departments and yearly recruits an additional 75-100 rising college sophomore Career Fellows. They boast a 90+% six-year college graduation rate.

We are grateful for Heckscher’s support of our LEDA Career Network, which advances professional opportunities for hundreds of high-achieving, under-resourced students. It is a privilege to work with a donor that is committed to investing in the innovation and scaling of new program initiatives, which has given us the opportunity to build out our program and support students’ career and post-graduate trajectories.
Beth Breger, Executive Director, LEDA
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We have supported the overall growth of LEDA as well as the development of its Career Network, including its Career Institute, a five-day revenue-generating program that addresses the gap in pre-career exploration and professional development for high-achieving, under-resourced students. The initiative enhances LEDA’s model, broadens their reach by including other high-achieving, under-resourced students, and prepares them to lead in a broad array of professional pathways. LEDA Career Fellows include both LEDA Scholars and their peers.