History

The LEAP Foundation was formed in 2008 when co-founders, Dr. Bill Dorfman and Steve Anderson, recognized that today’s youth are lacking real-life skills and habits needed to achieve personal and professional success.  To fill that need, they created an educational curriculum focusing on educating young adults in the importance of goal-setting, effective communication, and the invaluable power of mentorship.

The first LEAP Program was held in August of 2008 and hosted 97 students.  This group of LEAPers has since gone on to achieve outstanding success in the classroom, on the sports field, and in their careers.  Many of these original LEAPers return to the program each summer as volunteer “LEAP Coaches”.

The program has continued to grow each year in both size & in reputation.  LEAP 2013, was a milestone event as LEAP celebrated its sixth annual program.  With more than 450 participants, representing over 10 countries – 2013 LEAP was the Foundation’s most diverse and energetic program to date!

In honor of our Five Year Anniversary, LEAP received a Certificate of Recognition from the State of California in honor of the tremendous impact we’ve had on those who’ve attended the program.  A number of other honors have been awarded to LEAP over the years, and you can find some of them on the “Who Believes in LEAP” page.

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