HHS student attends LEAP summer event

HHS student attends LEAP summer event
Posted on 10/05/2018

Harlandale High School senior Nathan Uvalle was one of 30 high school students selected from across the state to participate in the annual Leadership, Employment and Advocacy Project (LEAP) at Texas A&M University College Station during the summer.

The educational 10-day training program focuses on helping the youth with disabilities develop leadership and advocacy skills.

While at Texas A&M University, Nathan got a glimpse of college life as he spent time in the campus student union and dorm rooms. He also had the opportunity to enjoy fun recreational activities.

“I enjoyed walking around the campus and learning about its history and background,” Nathan said. “The dorms were my favorite part, it was really fun!”

This year’s LEAP event also included a tour of the State Capitol, a meeting with state level officials and one day of mock legislative sessions.

According to Harlandale ISD Transition Facilitator Gerald Gawlik, students who participate in the program are equipped with leadership plans to implement upon return to their communities, employment skills and a plan to attain independence.

“Each student comes back a little more confident about their future,” he said.

Way to go, Nathan!

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