1860 Wilma Rudolph Blvd
Clarksville TN 37040
Positive Youth Development
Mission Statement
Our mission is to mission to help youth and individuals attain emotional wellness and economic independence by advancing self awareness, educational achievement, and entrepreneurial success.
CEO/Executive Director Richard Reason Garrett
Board Chair Stephen Lomax
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Army Col., Retired APSU Nursing Professor, Past Rotary Club President
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $373,532.00
Projected Annual Revenue $410,000.00 (2017)
Mission Our mission is to mission to help youth and individuals attain emotional wellness and economic independence by advancing self awareness, educational achievement, and entrepreneurial success.


The LEAP Organization, a nonprofit youth development organization, was founded in 2009 in Clarksville, TN by Richard “Reason” Garrett. The concept of LEAP came from a vision that God gave the founder in his darkest hours consisting of mentoring at-risk youth that needed a second chance and someone to believe in them.Along the way God provided provision for the vision by strategically placing individuals in Reason’s life to bring it to fruition. Becky Moore of the United Way and Pastor Tommy Vallejos guided the founder in separating the nonprofit venture into its own entity which officially became the LEAP Organization and received it IRS 501(c)3 status on April 29, 2009.

Pastor Harris was also instrumental in opening the Emmanuel Family Life Center for the organization to operate. Since opening its doors, LEAP has forged strong partnerships with the local business community, media, school districts, and other youth–serving organizations in the community.

From our humble beginnings as a youth mentoring organization in 2008, we have evolved into a youth development organization that provides mentoring, counseling, career readiness, community service learning opportunities, and other enriching programs. The program targets at-risk youth referred from juvenile courts, DCS, school counselors, and concerned parents. It also serves youth that voluntarily enroll to participate in its various programs.

In 2013, Dave Davidson permitted LEAP to acquire a 24,000 square foot college campus and convert part of it into our youth development headquarters and other portions into a small business incubator/entrepreneurial center. We are seeking to cultivate the growth and development of small businesses through one-on-one support, mentoring, programs, and classes. We intend to offer office space, management and technical assistance to small businesses for up to five years through classes, programs, onsite mentoring, one-on-one business counseling and peer support.



In 2015 we accomplished the following:
1. Served 106 youth with 75% not committing a new offense
2. 70% discontinuing using controlled substances
3. 23 out of 42 participants obtained employment after completing the career readiness program.
4. 14 students graduated high school, 6 enrolled in college, and 4 joined the military
5. Provided office space to 30 non profit organizations and small businesses through our business incubator
Our Goals for 2016 consist of:
1. To improve the health of adolescents by providing group/individual counseling and regular screening to reduce tobacco use and controlled substance abuse in adolescents by 50 participants
2. To provide career readiness services to 40 participants that develop career plan and obtain marketable job skills with a minimum of 30 obtaining employment within 6 months of program completion.
3. Recruit 10 additional businesses to join our Partners in Employment Initiative to provide internships, work place tours, and employment to participants of our career readiness programs.
4. To develop MOU's with the Nashville Business Incubator Center and the Center For Nonprofit Management to enhance our business incubator program to help participants increase revenues by 15%. 
Our most pressing needs are as follows:
1. We are seeking community minded businesses to join our Partners In Employment (PIE) Initiative to assist with mock interviews, guest speaking, work place tours, internships, and employment opportunities. 
2. LEAP ORG seeks benefactors to invest in our future and to help make LEAP Plaza a permanent home and sustainable source of revenue for our youth development programs. Our goal is to raise $2,000,000 over the next five years to retire two mortgages and to stabilize our operations through 2021. LEAP ORG has a business plan to operate primarily through earned revenue from rent and service fees yielded through business incubation partnerships. The direct impact of these investments is greater/increased service to youth who are at-risk in our communities. The implementation of this plan is already underway and will be fully operational by the end of this campaign. Earned income from the business incubator will sustain LEAP ORG’s youth development programs
3. We are seeking homework tutors to combine personal instruction with independent learning to ensure students not only understand homework concepts, but also learn how to apply those skills.
4. We have had a church and individual graciously donate a 15 and 26 passenger van to LEAP to assist is with transporting  underprivileged children to and from our programs. Unfortunately the vans are  starting to require a lot of maintenance due to age and have become unreliable. A newer donated 15 passenger van would would reduce maintenance costs and provide more peace of mind when transporting students. 
5. Our Entrepreneur Center is seeking volunteers to provide confidential business mentoring services, both in person and online. 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Your contributions help to implement sustainable programs that equip and empower youth and entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resources they need to improve their decision making to lead healthy, successful outcomes.
  • We accept donations via credit/debit card online at http://leaporg.net/donate/
  • Checks/Money Orders can be made payable to LEAP ORG and mailed to 1860 Wilma Rudolph Blvd Clarksville, TN 37040.
Our volunteers are our greatest resource in aiding us in positively impacting the lives of the youth that we are entrusted with. 
  • Guest speakers & Group Mentors facilitate classes/workshops, help develop curriculum and activities, chaperone field trips, etc
  • Career mentors provide internships and job shadowing opportunities.  
  • Tutors monitor homework progress and provide assistance when needed. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Small Business Development
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Montgomery
TN - Robertson
TN - Cheatham
KY - Christian
TN - Davidson

Montgomery County has a population of 189,961 with Clarksville claiming 146,802. 20.8% of the population is below poverty, 49% of students are on free or reduced lunch.

 According to the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Summary Report on the number of reported cases January – December of 2014, Montgomery County had 2,347 Court Actions involving juveniles ages 11 to 18. 425 of these cases were violent in nature and 276 cases involved controlled substances.

CEO Statement All young people need supports and opportunities to make a successful transition to adulthood. The focus of the positive youth development approach is to help youth acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become healthy and productive adults. The LEAP Organization builds on young people’s strengths and recognizes their unique contributions.
Students enjoy innovative and fun leadership workshops where they will both learn and apply essential leadership skills including: Team Building, Ethical Decision Making, Time Management, Goal Setting, Public Speaking, and Conflict Resolution.
The purpose of this model program is to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding youth need to become effective leaders within culturally diverse communities. Goals include the following:
1. Increase participants’ understanding of the concept of leadership and how the concept is culturally-based;
2. Increase participants’ understanding of and appreciation for cultural diversity;
3. Assist participants in developing specific skills needed for effective leadership;
4. Provide participants with a process for examining pertinent issues facing their communities and knowledge of those issues;
5. Increase participant’s awareness of themselves and how they relate to others; and
6. Provide opportunities for participants to apply the knowledge, skills, and understanding through meaningful services to the community.


Budget 13750
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), At-Risk Populations, Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Short Term Success
Short-Term Success will be measured by the number of youth being elected to our Youth Council and serving in leadership capacities within various committees.
Our target is 7 youth per quarter to serve in a leadership capacity within the organization.
Long term Success
Long-Term Success will be measured by youth participating in other school and community based groups and receiving a leadership role.
Our target is 28 youth per year to join school and community based groups and serve in a leadership role within those groups.
Program Success Monitored By Our Resource Coordinator and Administrative Assistant will track data obtain by mentors, social workers, and other stake holders indicating the various groups the youth are apart of and roles they serve in.
Examples of Program Success Danielle Dillard now serves as the Treasurer on the Youth Council. She has been recently promoted to a leadership role in JROTC and will be applying for Youth Leadership Clarksville next year.

Leap employs workshops designed to assist teens in formulating a career path prior to graduation from high school. Not only does this planning and preparation provide job training to ready them for the workforce or post-secondary education. It also motivates them to finish high school and reach for their dreams.


Budget 78340
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Short Term Success 50 students will complete program requirements and be able to construct an appealing resume and employ proven interview techniques to prepare them to pursue a career.
Long term Success 25 students who complete program requirements receive gainful employment and maintain the position for at least a year.
Program Success Monitored By Programs Director, Administrative Assistant, Career Development Trainers, and Case Managers
Examples of Program Success So far in 2015 of the 40 participants in our career readiness program, 34 have obtained employment. 
Description Students participate in small groups mentoring sessions that use the Mendez Foundation Too Good For Drugs & Violence Curriculum that is designed to mitigate risk factors and develop protective factors. The interactive lessons provide practical guidance for understanding dating and relationships, violence and conflict resolution, underage drinking, substance abuse, and building healthy friendships. The program also builds skills for responsible decision-making, effective communication, media literacy, and conflict resolution.
Budget 164,710
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse Counseling
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, Adolescents Only (13-19 years), At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success 70 participants will remain drug free within the first 90 days.
Long term Success 50 participants will remain drug free for a year after completing program requirements.
Program Success Monitored By Social workers/case managers
Examples of Program Success Youth will be able to pass 4 quarterly drug screens
LEAP will offer two programmatic approaches to entrepreneurship. Traditional incubation  requires the business to reside at the LEAP Plaza. It has a programmatic approach to business coaching and training. Benchmarks are set to measure the entrepreneur’s advancement within specified areas of business training.
Through a partnerships with the Nashville Business Incubator, entrepreneurs can benefit from NBIC business counselors that take a hands-on approach acting as accountability partners and guides. Clients are equipped with the foundation necessary to begin working on their businesses instead of in their businesses. Business counselors encourage global thinking, strategic planning and CEO training. 
Budget 50000
Category Community Development, General/Other Small & Minority Business Development Programs
Population Served Adults, Minorities, General/Unspecified
Short Term Success To increase the annual revenue generated by participants by 15%
Long term Success
To increase the success rate of participating small businesses by 70% within their initial 5 years.
Program Success Monitored By Progress reports from business counselors and quarterly evaluation of financial records will indicate the participants progress in reaching various milestones and financial sustainability.  
Examples of Program Success Bump & Rump, a child and baby story specializing in natural products initially launched in their home in 2013. Within months they realized they needed a store front in a high traffic area to sell their product. Within 8 months of opening their storefront in our incubator they began grossing over $25,000 monthly from sales and outgrew their space. They ended up have to lease another large space then started a 2nd business in our incubator called Seasons Market, specializing in organic food products. Within a year, they outgrew the space again and were able to negotiate the expansion of Bump and Rump to accomodate both entities under one roof and are continuing to thrive.  

The homework club gives students opportunities to practice and review what they are learning, prepare for new material, and apply learning to new situations. In addition, students develop good study habits and demonstrate that learning can occur anywhere, not just in the classroom. We recognize that effective homework help can foster independent, life-long learning.

Our afterschool programs play an important role in supporting academic achievement. The homework club focuses on literacy and math.

Literacy includes speaking, listening, reading, and writing which are essential communication skills students need to succeed, both in school and the world beyond. Students gain confidence as they build competence in communication and critical thinking. We strive to create an engaging environment of texts (magazines, picture books, fiction, and non-fiction) that speaks to student interests and culture.

We engage reluctant readers with directions for cooking, crafts, and games in addition to have them discuss and write about their experiences after field trips. We strive to make literacy feel less like a requirement and more connected to ideas and experiences that are useful in real life.

The combined approach of life skills and practical math activities is designed to leverage student curiosity to make mathematics problem solving in afterschool both fun and relevant. Our small-group and hands-on activities lend themselves to teaching and learning math concepts. For example, cooking activities can boost students' understanding of measurement, treasure hunts and mapping extend geometry skills, and activities using predictions can build students' sense of data and probability.

Budget $65,000
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Minorities,
Short Term Success

60% of 50 students who are at-risk for academic failure that participate in our school-year program will show at least an 80% score in each of the four core academic courses at school as measured by report cards/progress reports.

80% of 50 students will visit at least 2 colleges during the course of the school-year program.

Long term Success 90% of seniors who participate for the duration of the school year program will graduate from high school as measured by diplomas and report cards
Program Success Monitored By report cards and progress reports
Examples of Program Success
Newly created, piloted program
CEO Comments

In essence, LEAP provides youth enrichment programs and stimulates economic development.

LEAP’s positive youth development programs views young people as “resources” who have much to offer rather than as “problems” that need to be treated or fixed. We utilize individual/group counseling, career readiness, and community service learning opportunities to achieve measurable outcomes. Clients also participate in special events, college tours, summer field trips, and receive scholarships.
In order to fulfill the first part of our mission of instilling positive moral growth and sustainable life skills in youth that lead to healthy and successful lives, LEAP will achieve the following objectives:

· Provide youth development services to a minimum of 150 enrolled participants annually.

· Improve health of youth by reducing the number of youth consuming controlled substances, alcohol, and/or tobacco by 50 participants.

· Reduce the recidivism rate of youth re-offending by 60 participants annually.

· Assist 40 participants develop a career plan with relevant workforce skills, with a minimum of 25 obtaining employment within 6 to 9 months of completion.

In 2013, LEAP acquired a 24,000 square feet college campus and converted 13,770 square feet into our youth development headquarters and 10,230 square feet into a business incubator. We are seeking to cultivate the growth and development of small businesses through affordable office space, one-on-one support, mentoring, programs, and classes.

The second part of our mission is to empower social & business entrepreneurship through business incubation to increase the successful development of new businesses, job creation and employment. To fulfill this, we intend to meet the following objectives:

· To provide affordable office space, coaching, and training to 25 entrepreneurs annually.

· To assist a minimum of 10 participants to increase their annual revenue average by 15%. 

LEAP looks forward to the challenge of holding youth and entrepreneurs accountable through increased collaboration with the school system, DCS, juvenile court, Workforce Essentials, NBIC, the TN Small Business Development Center and other stakeholders committed to supporting our vision to implement sustainable programs that equip and empower youth and entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resources they need to improve their decision making to lead healthy, successful outcomes.

Board Chair
Board Chair Stephen Lomax
Company Affiliation Retired Army Col., Retired APSU Nursing Professor, Past Rotary Club President
Term Nov 2016 to Oct 2019
Email stephen@leaporg.net
Board Members
Fairlen Browning Loan Officer for Penfed RealtyVoting
Dana Evans Humana Human ResourcesVoting
Damon Jennings Daymar College Community LiaisonVoting
Stephen Lomax Retired Army Col., Retired APSU Nursing Professor, Past Rotary Club PresidentVoting
Marcus Marotti Stone, Rudolph, & Henry PLC CPAVoting
Debra Ann Matthews Workforce Essentials, Certified Resume WriterVoting
Joe Shakeenab Retired Army Special Forces, Leadership Consultant, and AuthorVoting
Jeremy Williams College Student, motivational speaker, salesmanVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 45%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 85%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Damon Jennings
Company Affiliation Daymar College Community Liaison
Term Mar 2016 to Feb 2018
Email djennings@daymarcollege.edu
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Professional Liability
Additional Board Members
Tommy Vallejos Montgomery County Commissioner
CEO Comments "An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it.” ~ Dee Hock. The LEAP Organization recognizes the achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. We pride ourselves in flexibility that comes with trust from building relationships with one another to achieve the organizations mission.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Richard Reason Garrett
Term Start Apr 2009
Email reason@leaporg.net

City Councilman Richard Garrett has gained extensive business knowledge and negotiating skills as the Founder & Executive Director of the LEAP Organization. As a licensed realtor for Keller Williams Realty, he is known for his tenacity, perseverance, honesty, and fairness. A proud Austin Peay State University alum, Richard graduated with Honors with a Bachelors in Public Management.
Richard is a former active duty Marine, father of 4, & a husband with strong ties to the community. He is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville and a member of Clarksville Rotary, Clarksville Area Ministerial Association, Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville Association of Realtors Public & Charity Relations Committees, and APSU Military Alumni Association.​
Professional Experience 
City of Clarksville - Councilman
1/1/2015 – Present
~ Responsible for passing local ordinances and legislation that govern the City
~ Diligently reviews, amends, and approves a City budget of over $400,000,000
~ Serves as a liaison between the City and the general public
~ Supervises administrative officers, formulate policies, and exercise city powers
LEAP ORG - Founder/Executive Director
4/29/2009 – Present
~ Responsible for hiring, training, developing, and motivating the staff, developing an organizational structure that suits the organization’s work and ensuring day to day operations and programs are effective and efficient.
~ Manage LEAP’s assets, revenues, and expenditures on a day to day basis and ensure that controls are in place to protect the organization against fraud or waste
~ Remain alert to opportunities and threats in the external environment and engaged in building external partnerships for the LEAP Organization
Keller Williams Realty - Realtor
2/16/2011 – Present
~ Assisting clients determine the value of property they want to sell
~ Preparing market analysis statistics
~ Advertising listed property to other Realtors and potential buyers
~ Negotiating contracts with buyers and/or agents acting on their behalf

Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 21
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 73%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Mar 2016
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
CEO Comments
One of the challenges we have been striving to overcome is transitioning from part time staff to full time. Some grantors and donors do not like to see funding being used for personnel, however with the scope of services that our organization offers, it mandates the use of personnel to provide professional services to achieve our charitable purposes and desired outcomes.
One of the main obstacles with part time staff is turnover. Oftentimes if they work part time for us they have to work full time somewhere else to provide for their families. In those instances its only a matter of time before they burn out trying to balance a full time job, part time job, with family obligations.
Their clients being in school during the day results in home visits during the evenings and on weekends. They also perform school visits, but we try not to disturb the school day as much as possible.
Other obstacles associated with part time staff is limiting their time for personal development to become better at their craft from continued education trainings and conducting research for the best treatment strategies to effectively influence their clients to achieve the desired outcomes. Because each client brings various unique characteristics to the table, there is no one size fits all solution that we can use to achieve the desired results.
Lastly, the number of youth assigned to each staff member call for them to work full time hours. They may only see a client 3 to 4 hours per week, but they have to not only prepare for one on one or group counseling sessions, but they also have to leave detailed notes. In addition they have to meet with their Clinical Supervisor to review the treatment plan to determine if it is on track to meet the goals for each client and make changes as needed. Often times the clients suffer not just from substance abuse addictions but the co-morbidity of mental health issues which further make interventions complex in nature that require more than part time entry level staff members.
There is a lot at stake when providing behavioral health counseling and it is difficult relying on part time labor to meet the diverse complex needs of clients and their families.
To address, we are investing more time in educating the grants managers and funders of our need for professional personnel to provide services. We have also been successful in becoming credentialed and contracted with several insurance providers to help offset the cost associated with providing our clinical behavioral and mental health counseling services.  
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $410,000.00
Projected Expenses $373,532.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$15,379$96,888$112,756
Individual Contributions$17,349$1,723$49,911
Investment Income, Net of Losses$811$44$1,086
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$26,302$40,919$3,886
Revenue In-Kind$18,800$3,500$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$169,977$162,973$144,061
Administration Expense$90,146$92,864$5,392
Fundraising Expense$0$6,339$3,769
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.271.481.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%62%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%3%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$217,585$147,027$19,099
Current Assets$188,906$142,470$19,099
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$11,600$11,560($2,812)
Total Net Assets$205,985$135,467$21,911
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.2912.32--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $129,700Program Revenue $190,080Government Grants $112,756
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $123,100Local Government Grants $77,920Contributions, Gifts and Grants $49,911
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $26,302Foundations and Corporations $53,826Program Service Revenue $10,586
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? Yes
Campaign Purpose The purpose of our capital campaign is to raise $360,000 for the down payment to complete the lease purchase on our facility. Half of our building offers youth development programs and the other half functions as the small business incubator.
Capital Campaign Goal $2,000,000.00
Campaign Start and End Dates Mar 2013 to Dec 2021
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $55,000.00 as of Jan 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2017
Organization Comments
In 2015, LEAP collected $400,303.23 from individual donations/fundraising events, grants, foundations, service fees, interest earned and facility rental income from incubator. This is a decrease of 5.1% from 2014 income, which totaled $421,836.02 due to lump sum grants from that should have been awarded in 2015 being awarded in 2014 and restrictions placed on service fees billing due to changes in licensure required by insurance providers.
LEAP’s expenses were $347,369.00, which was an increase of 18.34% from 2014 expenses of $293,523.03. Most of this increase was due to several promotions of staff to full time positions and compensating them according to industry standards.
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the Form 990. 
990 prepared by Shoebox Accounting and Bookkeeping.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 3/23/16.
Nonprofit LEAP Org
Address 1860 Wilma Rudolph Blvd
Clarksville, TN 37040
Primary Phone (931) 614-0440
Contact Email info@leaporg.net
CEO/Executive Director Richard Reason Garrett
Board Chair Stephen Lomax
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Army Col., Retired APSU Nursing Professor, Past Rotary Club President
Year of Incorporation 2009

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