“Strengthening Youth Opportunity in Rural America: The Power of Investing in Community and Generation Z” is an interactive learning event exploring how best to unlock the potential of young people in rural America and smaller metro areas through holistic approaches to career preparation and economic advancement.

Monday, May 20, 2019 | La Orilla del Rio Ballroom

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. To learn more and to pre-register, click here.


Welcome to LEAPS4YOU, a resource for young people in South and West Texas. The resources listed on this site are meant to help you attain soft skills, learn about possible career path options, and help you find opportunities to expand your horizons and determine your future. The site is maintained by the LEAPS team from the International Youth Foundation, with the support and input from our sponsors, partners, and community leaders.


University of Houston Victoria: Financial Aid

The offices of Financial Aid and Student Billing are dedicated to assisting you through the process of paying for your education.

Victoria College: Financial Aid

The Financial Aid staff will make every effort to assist students in obtaining the necessary funds to attend college.

Victoria College: Workforce and Continuing Education

Victoria College offers a variety of courses designed to meet the needs of the community.

Southbend College: Financial Aid

Information from the Financial Aid office at Southbend College.


It’s starting. All over Texas, students are stepping up, finding their voices, and fueling the movement called Generation TX.

Workforce Solutions--Golden Crescent

There are a total of eight One-Stop Workforce Centers in the Golden Crescent Region, serving the following counties of Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, and Victoria.

Workforce Solutions--Alamo

Workforce Solutions Alamo serves the counties of Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina and Wilson counties.

Workforce Solutions--Middle Rio Grande

The Workforce Solutions-Middle Rio Grande maintains offices in Dimmit, Edwards, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavala Counties

Wells Fargo: Get College Ready

The site includes a 5 steps guide to paying for college, a link to the largest scholarship search engine in the country, the MyTracker Tool, which walks students through the steps from filling out their FAFSA to packing for their dorm, and much more.


Communities In Schools, Permian Basin

Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin, Inc. CISPB helps students stay in school and make the right choices by connecting schools with needed community resources.



LEAPS is a two-year initiative, funded by BHP and facilitated by the International Youth Foundation (IYF), that prepares young people, ages 11 to 24, with the fundamental skills needed to thrive in the 21st century world of school, work, and life. A community-driven initiative, LEAPS forges partnerships with community organizations to expand access to programs, services, and opportunities that engage and empower the region’s youth. In addition, by investing in local organizations the initiative ensures that young men and women will reap the benefits of LEAPS far into the future.


For over 25 years, corporations, governments, and foundations have partnered with IYF to co-manage solutions with local communities to improve youth (ages 15 to 35) outcomes in education, community engagement, leadership, employment readiness, and entrepreneurship. IYF has a successful track record of leaving communities stronger and better positioned to meet youth needs and able to take good practices and programming to a larger scale. IYF’s expertise includes working with local stakeholders to identify needs and opportunities, better coordinating efforts and managing grants in a way that strengthens capacity and improves quality and outcomes. This approach has been applied successfully in over 90 countries around the world, including the U.S. BHP and IYF both believe that supporting youth and young adults—through the communities and organizations they rely on—is a critical step toward building a better future.


The LEAPS program would not be possible without the support of our community partners. We are pleased to partner with Communities in Schools/Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent and the University of Houston-Victoria to help us meet our program objectives.


We are pleased to partner with Communities in Schools (CIS) of the Golden Crescent and Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent to provide additional on-campus resources for at-risk youth in DeWitt County. The CIS mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life by coordinating the connection of community resources in the school setting. We will have Communities in Schools Coordinators on the campus of two of our high schools in DeWitt County during the 2018-19 school year.


We are partnering with two different departments at the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) to provide assistance with career exploration and community involvement in all of the LEAPS counties in South Texas. UHV Alumni Relations will present a series of events called Breakfast with the Stars that will bring a panel of degreed and non-degreed professionals to each of the ten high school campuses in our region to sit down with our high school seniors and discuss their career paths in an intimate setting. Students will have the opportunity to sit with these accomplished adults, learn about their career paths, and ask them questions about how they got where they are today. The UHV International Programs Office will bring their very successful International Festival that they present annually in the spring on the road. Students in all three counties will have the opportunity to experience the International Festival up close and personal, and student participation in the planning and execution of the festivals will be encouraged.


If you have a resource you would like to add to the site, please send Stacey an email and she will be happy to add your information.