2022 THEME: “RACE TO SAVE OUR COMMUNITIES”
Since 2009, L.E.A.D. Institute (Leadership, Esteem, Ability, Discipline), an internationally recognized non-profit organization has provided programs and services to pre- and post-correctional facility inmates as well as at-risk juveniles. L.E.A.D. has pioneered the movement to bring the Bahamas Correctional Services system into the modern world and has been very effective in bringing a wide range of global best practices to address local needs. These include Non-Violent Conflict Resolution, At-Risk Intervention and Treatment as well as Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment System Design.
Our organization has operated in the Harm Reduction field for eleven (11) years in which 65% of the population we serve have actively struggled with Substance Abuse. We are certified and serve as the regional franchise holder for the delivery of MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy) and have provided certified training for the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS), Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) and the Department of Rehabilitative/Welfare Services. In addition, we are an approved Education Provider for the Colombo Plan International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) for the Bahamas and the Caribbean and registered with the National Accreditation & Equivalency Council of the Bahamas (NAECOB).
The civility of a community is manifested in its’ treatment of the weak, frail, disenfranchised, disadvantaged and poor among them. The maturity of a community is determined by its ability to rehabilitate those who have fallen short of its social expectations and failed in their responsibilities and accountability to that community.
It is no secret that one of the greatest failures of modern society and our contemporary culture is our inability to effectively re-integrate and re-socialize those who have paid their debt to society through the penal system. In fact, one of the saddest realities of our communities is the fact that most of those who have fulfilled their obligations to the penal system, because of the poor or non-existent infrastructure for reentry into civilian life, find themselves victims of recidivism.
Through our experiences over the past eleven years, the institute has had to deal with countless individuals who after being released from the prison system fell into depression and frustration due to the sense of abandonment they felt from society. Despite their desire to want to live a life of positive contribution to their families and society, they were in many cases unprepared to enter the job market or could not find employment or those who were willing to embrace their past and give them a future. The greatest need in all our communities throughout this region is an effective, quality, strong and well-staffed program to assist these individuals in their reentry process.
SOAR ANALYSIS OF L.E.A.D.
Strengths, opportunities, aspirations, results (SOAR) analysis is a strategic planning tool that focuses an organization on its current strengths and vision of the future for developing its strategic goals (Stavros & Hinrichs, 2009).
In Contrast to SWOT analysis, the SOAR model uses appreciative inquiry to focus the business on what is known to work, rather than internal weaknesses or perceived threats that might not eventuate. The output from a SOAR analysis is a set of actions that leverage strengths and opportunities to strive for shared aspirations with measurable results. It provides a basis for further in-depth analysis using other business tools (Group Map 2018).
What is SOAR? It is Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results. The basic questions normally asked are “What can we build upon?” “What are our Stakeholders asking for?” “What do we care deeply about?” and “How do we know we are succeeding?” By answering the questions listed it will help L.E.A.D. develop a keener awareness of our Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results.
What are our greatest strengths?
Based on its record of success and dedication toward the prevention of incarcerated of our citizens and the reduction of the recidivism rate among persons with the prison system, L.E.A.D. is confident, of its ability to provide evidence-based research driven programs and services. Our capacity to deliver and relevant experiences has afforded us the premier Community Correctional Organization within the Caribbean. Therefore, one of our greatest strengths is the timely delivery of effective services in Harm Reduction field for over eleven (11) years. Another strength of the organization is that we are certified and serve as the regional contracted holder for the delivery of the MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy) and an Education Provider for the International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals and have provided certified training for agencies in various Caribbean Countries namely Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia, Turks & Cacaos, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
What are our best opportunities?
Our success in the foregoing ventures reflect our ability to successfully implement programs both locally and regionally. Regionally, L.E.A.D. has assumed a leadership role serving as Consultant for Departments of Corrections in the Turks & Caicos Islands, St. Lucia and the Cayman Islands in Correctional Training. In addition, L.E.A.D. has developed, hosted and delivered international correctional training conferences since 2011.
What is our preferred future?
The desired direction in which L.E.A.D. Institute would like to proceed includes becoming 85% self-sufficient in its finances to enable effective operations within its programs and services. This will allow us to fulfill the mission and vison of the organization. The current strategy and direction that L.E.A.D. is moving includes acquiring its own land, which will function as a transitional living facility, as well as a complete facility for educating it participants utilizing holistic approaches of rehabilitation and transformation.
What are the measurable results that will tell us we have achieved our vision of the future?
The overall mission and goal of this framework is to create a step-by-step plan to acquire the necessary funds that are needed to meet the annual budget of the Institute. To create sustainability in raising funds for the entire institute inclusive of this capital development campaign. To bring in eighty-five percent of our budget through fees, individual donors and revenue through our fore-profit company would be another goal that we can measure our results.
THE SOLUTION & STRATEGY
To this end 2021 will be “The Year of Reset.”
The current strategy and direction that L.E.A.D. Institute is moving includes acquiring our own land to build a Transitional Home which will function as a transitional living facility, for inmates who will be eligible for parole as well as, to complete the Behavioral Healthcare facility for educating our participants utilizing holistic approach of treatment, rehabilitation and transformation.
The Re-Introduction of The Eagles Academy, the Expansion of MRT Treatment Groups in the community and the Prison, the Launch of Operations in Freeport Grand Bahama and the Re-Introduction of services with the U.S. Operations focusing on Inmates returning to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Timely Delivery of Evidence-Based/Research Driven Services
Record of Successful Outcomes
85% Self Sufficient
Acquire Own Land & Facility
Grow Fees and Revenue
Local & International Implementation of Programs
Assuming Leadership Role
Strategic Collaborative Approach
Create Step-by-Step Plan
Create Sustainability through Funding
Reduce Crime and Recidivism
For every ‘At risk’ Youth and ‘Offender’ to become a community leader and model citizen.
“To provide a cadre of competent professionals in order to design and implement evidence-based, researched driven programs for ‘At Risk’ and ‘Offender’ Communities, thus transforming them into community leaders.
We build pathways from recovery to leadership within the ‘At Risk’ and ‘Offender’ communities.
To develop, manage and administer programs to produce Certified Professionals to provide Personal and Professional Development Services
To design and implement personal and developmental programs for ‘At Risk’ and Offender Communities that will:
(i) Transform their lives.
(ii) Advance leadership potential.
(iii) Facilitate positive development approaches.
To design and implement special programs to Enhance the skillset for ‘At Risk’ and Offender Communities
- Respect: We value the dignity, humanity and attributes of all individuals; and are driven to improve the quality of life for Bahamians, Americans and Citizens of the Caribbean.
- Ingenuity: We research, develop and apply new approaches, concepts and technology to develop effective and successful programs.
- Integrity: We do what we say, knowing that honor and reputation are the foundation for credibility, trust and success.
- Stewardship: We faithfully oversee, invest and leverage the time, talent and resources entrusted to us. even when no one is looking.
Board of Directors
Cristopher Chinapoo, ASQ CMQ/OE, CQA
Chairman of the Board
Troy E. Clarke, I, ICAP I
President & CEO
Yvette P. Clarke
Sr. Vice President of Int'l Relations
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS & RE-ENTRY SPECIALIST - NORTH CAROLINA