Leadership Experience and Development Initiative (LEAD) Thrive Support & Advocacy

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Contact Information

Thrive Support & Advocacy
Contact: Caitlin Devaney-Fortwengler, Director of Youth Services
Email Address: youth@icanthrive.org
Phone: 508-485-4227 x1009

65 Boston Post Road West Suite 220 Marlborough, MA 01752
Area Served: Central

Map Location Leadership Experience and Development Initiative (LEAD)


LEAD is a groundbreaking initiative that prepares and empowers young adults who want to learn what it takes to become a leader and better the world around them. Supported by LEAD staff and mentors, young adults (ages 17-25) gain the knowledge, practical skills, and confidence to become leaders in their communities.

Following a competitive selection process, LEADers meet weekly from October through June with a broad range of mentors from the community. Their months of work culminate with a community service project which the leaders and their mentors coordinate and implement. Thrive's LEAD initiative is an extension of our commitment to focus on abilities and provide opportunities to shine.

Future LEADers

  • Acquire expertise in a dynamic set of leadership skills through curriculum-based learning
  • Gain knowledge from mentors in the community who share their professional experience on leadership
  • Explore and research community service projects in their community
  • Demonstrate leadership skills by implementing three community service projects

Service Types

  • Self-Advocacy
  • Self-Advocacy - Leadership
  • Skills Training
  • Socialization Activities

Program Type

  • Community Supports Program

Populations Served

  • Autism Spectrum
  • Developmental Disability
  • Intellectual Disabilities

Ages Served

  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59

Accessibility Features

  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Restrooms

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service
  • Licensed By: DDS