What is the LEAP Initiative by RIBBA?

The LEAP Initiative provides mentorship, financial literacy, scholarships, and skills development to young adults.

The LEAP (Leadership Equity Accelerated Pathway) Initiative’s MISSION is to train and support individuals through their academic and early careers by providing well-informed programs and services that strengthen their skills and support the many complex challenges they face. 

Our VISION is to develop a sustainable generation of diverse, empowered, and well-informed individuals

How the LEAP Initiative works

There isn’t one type of program or service out there that can address all of the above barriers and more that systemically exist. The LEAP Initiative and its programs and services support participants through college and into their early-career. By providing a multi-layered wrap around approach, we address the many different types of challenges that underrepresented individuals face while navigating education and early career.


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We are now accepting mentor and mentee applications! The deadline has been extended to November 19th at 5 pm.

The next LEAP Mentor Program will begin in December 2021 through May 2022. To participate, apply using the appropriate application below.

RIBBA Scholarship

The RIBBA Scholarship is not currently accepting applications. Scholarship applications will be accepted again in Spring 2022.

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