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LEAP Teaches Youth how to fish instead of handing out fish sandwiches

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – According to a Chinese Proverb if you give a man a fish then you only feed him for a day. However if you teach a man to fish then you are able to feed him for a lifetime. This is the approach that LEAP takes with both its adult and juvenile clients.

“We are here to give members of our community a hand up, not a hand out” commented Leo Millan, owner of Millan Enterprises and Strategic Planner of the L.E.A.P. ORG. Board of Directors.

Students in the LEAP Intern Program mowing grass in Clarksville TN.
Students in the LEAP Intern Program mowing grass in Clarksville TN.

Instead of the traditional methods of fundraising, the LEAP Intern Program seeks to teach students responsibility and empowerment by providing gainful employment through the Cutting Edge Lawn Care service.

“Nothing against those that stand outside Walmart and solicit donations, but those fundraising activities have the potential of setting a bad example for a youth in making them believe that society owes them a hand out. As they grow older, they settle for barely making due off of government assistance. Our goal is to instill values in our youth that encourage them to be hardworking and self sufficient.” says LEAP Founder Richard “Reason” Garrett.

If anyone is interested in hiring the LEAP Interns to cut their grass, please call 931-378-0500.

Parents are able to download applications to enroll their children in the program at www.leaporg.net

Richard Garrett
Richard Garretthttp://leaporg.net/
City Councilman Richard "Reason" Garrett has gained extensive business knowledge and negotiating skills as the Executive Director of the LEAP Organization.  LEAP Org provides youth development services.  As a licensed realtor for Keller Williams Realty, he is known for his tenacity, perseverance, honesty, and fairness.  A proud APSU alum, Richard graduated with Honors with a Bachelors in Public Management.
Richard is a former active duty Marine, father of 4, and 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 Relations & Charity Relations Committees, and Clarksville Community Partners Group.
For more information on Richard visit www.reason4clarksville.com. He can be contacted directly at 931-378-0500 or via email richard@reason4clarksville.com
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