LEAP Week 2024

A motivational entrepreneurship and leadership program

for young adults

July 21st - 27th, 2024 at USC

WHAT IS LEAP WEEK?

LEAP Week is a week-long entrepreneurship and motivational leadership program for high school and college aged young adults. LEAP Week focuses on building the life skills and confidence needed to achieve success.

At LEAP Week:

  • Participants identify their goals and develop the skills needed to achieve them
  • Incredible speakers and mentors give advice and motivate
  • Friendships and networks are built that will last a lifetime

Participants leave LEAP Week with:

  • A certificate for their completion of LEAP Week at USC
  • A network of motivated peers and mentors
  • Confidence in their abilities and future
  • Business and life skills to make their goals a reality

Watch this video to see the energy and impact of LEAP Week!

Small groups

Participants of the same age are grouped to discuss what they are learning & leave with friends for life.

Dorms

Live in the dorms with a roommate your own age. Have the college experience!

Campus Life

Eat in the dining halls and use USC's incredible facilities.

Dance & Talent Show

Celebrate a successful week by wowing the crowd with your talents.

Apply for a Scholarship

2024 Guest Speakers

Anthony Hopkins
Academy Award Winning Actor and Philanthropist

Paula Abdul

Grammy Award Winning Singer, Choreographer, and Media Personality

Jason Alexander

Emmy and Tony Winning Actor

Amy Adams

Academy Award nominated Actor

(schedule depending)

Taylor Zakhar Perez

Actor and Model

(schedule depending)

Shay Mitchell

Actress

One day at LEAP Week

7:00am to 8:00 - Wake up and breakfast

8:15 - Motivational speaker

9:00 - Goal setting session

10:00 - Panel of entrepreneurs, goal setting focus

10:45 - Small group meeting

12:00pm - Lunch

6:30 - 2nd small group meeting

7:00 - Dinner

8:00 -Final session of the day, DiSC personality profiles

9:00 - 3rd small group meeting of the day

10:00 - In the dorms, lights out at 11pm

12:00 - 3:00 - Breakout sessions and free time

3:00- Guest speaker or workshop

4:00 - Financial management

5:00 - Break

5:15 - Vision board workshop

LEAP Week Core Principles

Leadership

Show leave LEAP Week with a network of motivated peers and the skills to achieve success.

Entrepreneurship Skills and Mindset

Learn how to start your business or how to bring a problem solving mindset to any career.

Confidence and Self Esteem

Success starts with the belief you can achieve it!

Mentorship

How do you find a mentor? We break down the process to find advocates for your career.

Healthy Living

Learn to live to 100+ with a healthy body, mind, and relationships

Financial Literacy

Begin taking the steps toward financial freedom by learning the fundamentals of personal finance.

Effective Communication

Excellent in-person and online communication skills are required for success in business.

Gratitude

Research shows thankful people are more optimistic, less depressed and stressed. Gratitude helps youth become happier, healthier adults.

PREVIOUS SPEAKERS & MENTORS

Paula Abdul

Grammy Winning Singer, Dancer, & TV Personality

Usher

Singer, Songwriter, Dancer and Philanthropist

Jason Redman

Navy SEAL, entrepreneur, author, father and motivational speaker.

Apolo Ohno

Speed Skater, Most Decorated American Winter Olympian

Hannah Brown

Former Bachelorette, Miss Alabama USA 2018, & former 2018 LEAP Week participant

Jason Alexander

Emmy and Tony Winning Actor

Jim Kwik

World Expert in Memory Improvement

Jonathan Sprinkles

Top Motivational Keynote Speaker

Alison Levine

Mountain Climber, Sportswoman, Explorer and Leadership Consultant

Co-Founder, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Bibop Gresta

Co-Founder, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Taylor Zakhar Perez

Actor

Keith Ferrazzi

Author of Never Eat Alone and Leading Without Authority

Neha Gupta

Founder of College Shortcuts

Dr Michael Breus

Clinical Psychologist, Expert Sleep Specialist

Mike Jones

Investor and Entrepreneur

Jonathan Bennett

Actor and TV host

Kirstie Maldonado

Member of Grammy Winning Acapella Group Pentatonix

Kevin Olusola

Member of Grammy Winning Acapella Group Pentatonix

Darion Lowenstein

Consultant, Creative & Marketing Executive in Gaming

Dr Bill Dorfman

Dentist, Entrepreneur & Founder of The LEAP Foundation

Safety at LEAP Week

We work closely with USC to provide a safe experience for all young adults and excellent communication with parents.

24/7 Security

USC's police department, security, and residential front desk are available at all times throughout the program.

Under 18 Supervision

All participants under 18 are required to be with a small group leader at all times, including free time.

Shuttle from LAX

Participants traveling to Los Angeles are sent a bright green t-shirt by mail to be easily recognized in the terminal.

LEAP's private shuttles bring participants from LAX to USC and back to LAX for departure.

TESTIMONIALS

GRADUATES 

“I just wanted to say thank you for teaching me skills I never knew I needed. I’ve noticed a change in how I work with others, more confidence in public speaking, and far less anxiety about my future. I feel so much more prepared for landing a great summer internship!” -Monica London, Age 19, UCSD 

“The tools I learned at LEAP and the friends and mentors I met during the program have played a huge role in what I've been able to accomplish in the years since. This program is a game changer." -Holly Ransom, Named in 100 Most Influential Australian Women


PARENTS

"The LEAP experience is truly amazing! Both of my children have attended LEAP, and it gave my kids the skills they needed to formulate their vision, achieve their goals, and to become successful young adults." -Dr. Laura Kelly with LEAP Alumni children Kaitlin (UC Berkeley Grad working at Genentech) and Connor (EMT on track to become a firefighter) 

An amazing experience for our daughter who traveled there from New Hamshire (summer 2017). The event was also live streamed and Mom & Dad were glued to it all week. Can't thank Dr. Bill enough and the incredible LEAP staff for all they do. Hoping to have our other daughter attend in the years ahead as well. -Daniel Nolan, LEAP graduate parent  

 

FAQ

When does the program begin?

LEAP Week will officially kick off at 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 21st for both live, in-person participants and online participants.

What ages can attend LEAP Week?

Anyone entering their 9th grade year or currently attending high school or college can attend LEAP Week. Typical ages range from 15-25+. All participants are put in small groups with small group members of their same age

What precautions are being taken for COVID-19?

All in-person attendees will be required to follow USC guidelines.

What if I am not in the same time zone? (for virtual participants)

All sessions will be available to participants after they air live in Los Angeles.

Deadline to Enroll?

July 1st, 2024