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Project L.E.A.P.

(Learning - Empowerment - Advocacy - Participation)


For information on how to create a Project LEAP program in your area click here.

Sharpen your knowledge with a unique opportunity offered only in Houston.  Every year, the Ryan White Planning Council sponsors Project L.E.A.P. (Learning, Empowerment, Advocacy, Participation), the most comprehensive advocacy training program in the nation for HIV positive individuals.  The Ryan White Planning Council's Office of Support hosts this training.

Harris County accounts for 35% of all HIV/AIDS cases in the State of Texas.  That is more than 24,000 Houstonians. 

You will learn:

  • Who needs HIV-related services

  • The specific needs of the HIV-community in Houston

  • How HIV organizations receive funding

  • Who makes the decisions regarding funding

  • Where HIV funding originates

  • How government decisions affect you and your community

  • How YOU can have an impact on these decisions.

What is Project LEAP?

A free 17-week training course for individuals infected with and affected by HIV to gain the knowledge and skills needed to help plan for the HIV prevention and care services provided in the Houston Area. Click here for an informational flyer.

When Does it Meet?

Wednesdays, starting in April or May.  

Students may choose to join one of two Project LEAP classes:

Option 1:    Day class: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Option 2:    Evening class: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Lunch or dinner will be provided.  Assistance with transportation and child care is also available.

How To Apply?

A brief written application and in-person interview are required.  There are several ways to 

  • Request an application be mailed to you,

  • Download the application, or

  • Complete the application online.

The application will be posted as soon as it becomes available. 

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If you have any questions about Project L.E.A.P., the application process, or to get on the list to receive an application for the next class, please email Diane Beck, Council Coordinator, or call the Office of Support at 713 572-3724

The 17 weeks is quite a commitment, but well worth it.  Please feel free to share this opportunity with others.  The application can be completed on the computer and emailed, faxed (713 572-3740) or mailed.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!