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Institute for Careers and Leadership Development’s mission is to serve as the conduit through which disenfranchised and at-risk youth, adults, and parents (when warranted) receive positive affirmation; are connected to resources, information, organizations, and professionals who are committed to decreasing the achievement gap. The goal is to empower, build self-awareness, develop a positive personal and professional identity; promote health and wellness that supports success; advance college and career readiness; higher education completion; and access to resources. Focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), ICLD developed and is committed to implementing initiatives engaging youth and adults in open, collaborative, interactive, supportive and innovative platforms that stimulate a solution-based approach to affecting participants’ well-being, while building an educated and career-ready 21st Century populace.
The Institute for Careers and Leadership Development, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. Established in 1998 to provide educational, career and leadership development for "Non-Custodial Parents". In 2000, the focus expanded to include elementary and secondary aged students. Expanded in 2007 with the inception of Employment Services of Texas (EST). As the result, EST partnered with the DARS and Social Security Administration’s "Ticket-to-Work" Programs. The organization has been successful in assisting over 85% of this population find gainful employment, with nearly a 60% job retention rate among this group. In 2009 ICLD expanded its services in college and career readiness for at-risk populations in Houston. In February 2013 and February 2017, ICLD partnered with several organizations to host the College, Career and Empowerment Summit--yielding over 1100 participants. This organization envisions becoming the premiere Middle College and serve as the bridge between secondary (high school) and post-secondary institutions and at-risk youth. Thus, equipping individuals with a Goal (destination); a Plan (strategy); Alternatives (take action)-Thus, creating the Career GPA.(c)