About LEAD

Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 by LEAD

Who are we?
The Leaders Accelerating Development (LEAD) Program of Deshpande Foundation, Hubli, Karnataka fosters innovative and entrepreneurial thinking within college students by exposing them to social issues and by encouraging them to volunteer their time and effort into the community. LEAD ignites their latent talent to come up with creative solutions. LEAD is an incubator where innovation meets implementation, knowledge meets experience, social issues meet solutions and efforts meet impact.
Through the unique platform provided by LEAD, more than 26,000 students from more than 250 partnering colleges throughout Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are implementing bold solutions to big problems in their communities while simultaneously building their self-confidence and developing important leadership skills.
LEAD Program was formed in the year 2008 by Naveen Jha. Inception of LEAD happened when Naveen Jha heard the ideas of students who wanted to make a positive impact in the society. There were about 80 active students who came up with creative ideas for the development of the community. Named as "Colors of Youth", they brainstormed and implemented few innovative projects such as making fuel from biomass, promoting open source software, setting up a viable traffic control system etc.
With the success of “Colors of Youth”, Deshpande Foundation started supporting many projects and as the number of energetic students increased, a need for separate program was felt. Hence on Aug. 15, 2008, LEAD was founded.
Why join LEAD?
  • Be a role model who creates change in their world.
  • Witness your ideas turn from concept to reality.
  • Spearhead a project with a team of other civic-minded students.
  • Interact with the local community to solve problems.
  • Gain communication skills.
  • Network with successful social entrepreneurs and student leaders.
  • Build your volunteer experiences.
  • Supplement your education with hands-on learning
  • Interact with NGOs, community members, or university faculty/staff

4 Response to "About LEAD"

Sumanth prabhas Says....

I'm proud to be a indian tat this LEAD foundation is motivating the young generation wit giving gr8 assurance wit there wonderful projects,they involving the youth in order to construct our india a developed country....i heard tat this LEAD foundation is oly a base for the foundation or stem to youths,this foundation gives the assurance they wil do it...thankq to LEAD foundation

Anonymous Says....

Hai .my name is g and my lead id exchanged to 1070...in registration form ...correct this

Atul Sharma Says....

When an individual is a child, he/she sees and observes so many changes in and around him/her. Some changes they accept and some they rejects. This process of observation continues throughout the life. As soon as they enter their teenage and adulthood, the way of thinking and observing things take a revolutionary change. The brain starts asking for logical reasons for everything going around them. Whatever they see and hear from news, media, peoples around him/her, leaders, teachers, etc., they need a logical and legal explanation from the society. These thoughts, questions and explanations arising in their mind need to be utilized in a proper manner which would lead to overall development of the society. Now, if the youth are properly motivated towards their own understanding of the problems of the society and are made capable to solve these problems by themselves, certainly they would grow up into a more responsible and successful individual. For this purpose, they should have good decision making abilities, leadership qualities, motivational skills, instant learning skills, team spirit, effective communication skills, good presentation skills, attentive listening qualities and should be dedicated and committed towards their work.

In my opinion, LEAD is doing the same thing by encouraging the youth to learn different interpersonal and intrapersonal skills by interacting within themselves and sharing their views among each other. This may lead the youth to identify their potential and caliber to be a successful entrepreneur. This may increase their creativity and innovative power. These skills development may help them to identify the procedures to effectively utilize the available resources and secure the future of the society. The youth can inculcate values and morals in their mind which would help them in running their enterprise ethically in the future.

About me, I am very punctual, confident, truthful and dedicated towards my work and tasks assigned. My primary focus would be on these qualities because proper management of these qualities would bring a feeling of inner peace and satisfaction in the individual. I would also focus on lectures and presentations on few provoking topics like Goal setting, morale boosting, building self confidence, promotion of general knowledge activities, writing skills of the students, debates on current and burning issues, sports, improvising their hobby, etc. which would help them to think critically on a wide range of issues and develop an empathy for the needy people.