LEAF is a Slovak non-profit non-governmental organisation focusing on the development of young people with the potential to grow into the shapers of Slovakia and Central Europe. Through a variety of programmes it aims to enable writing of memorable stories of future shapers that demonstrate character, excellence, entrepreneurial leadership, and civic engagement – regardless of their socio-economic background.
LEAF runs educational and support programmes for individual students and young professionals across different life stages, including:
For talented high school students:
Identification, networking and support of their development through:
A mentoring programme TalentGuide providing Slovak high-school students with their own mentor and an opportunity to take part at foreign study programmes at recognized international institutions, including:
– Yale Young Global Scholars at Yale University,
– Leadership Seminar or Summer Scholars at University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA,
– Pre-university summer school at King’s College London;
LEAF Award programme that recognizes young exceptional Slovaks (aged 10-16), aspiring to improve the quality of life within their communities, and offers support in the implementation of their projects or their personal development.
Mentoring and coaching secondary school teachers within the Individual teacher development programme.
For Slovaks abroad:
Creating and curating job and internship opportunities and volunteering opportunities in order to develop young talented Slovaks living abroad, reconnect them with Slovakia and facilitate their homecoming.
For young professionals:
Providing opportunities for development and civic engagement through skill-based volunteering programme at non-profit organisations or with social entrepreneurs.
Over the last 3 years, hundreds of LEAF alumni participated in different LEAF run or LEAF supported programmes and gained new sources of inspiration, development, mentoring, or networks in writing their personal stories. LEAF has been initiated and funded by several shareholders of HB Reavis, acting as private individuals.
You can find more information about LEAF at www.leaf.sk or at LEAF’s Facebook fanpage.