LEAD-ND is a network of volunteers at the University of Notre Dame working to curb educational inequity by facilitating a weekly after-school program for nontraditional youth leaders throughout the City of South Bend. Our students participate in leadership development activities that include cooperative games, simulations, off-site experiential learning opportunities, and more. Youth are challenged throughout the year to define and map community needs and assets and to create a community action project that will address those needs. By supporting traditionally under-resourced and under-estimated young people in a positive environment, we work to empower a new generation of community change agents to create sustainable improvements that matter to them throughout the city.
MISSION | In a collaborative movement to empower our community’s most overlooked and underestimated young people, LEAD-ND is a corps of student leaders committed to engaging youth in interactive leadership development programs and community action projects. Our mission is to provide equitable after-school opportunities for South Bend youth to learn the value of community service and active citizenship. We work to accomplish this by empowering the voices of traditionally under-resourced young people through engaging, service-based leadership development programming that draws upon both the rich diversity of our community and the creativity of all people who are called to action through leadership.