What is LEAD?

Tellurian’s Youth LEAD (Leadership, Enrichment And Development) Program is an innovative initiative to identify and cultivate the next generation of leaders in our neighboring communities.

Program participants, who are selected through a competitive application process, are given $20,000 and one guiding rule—“Do good in your community.” LEAD participants solicit input from elected officials, non-profit organizations and business leaders to identify pressing community needs, and then execute projects to address them. Students develop team collaboration, project management and critical thinking skills while learning to establish a plan and work within a project’s budget and timeline.

We are excited to support this year’s LEAD participants and look forward to seeing the impacts of the important projects they complete.

To be eligible, applicants must meet all requirements:

  • Must be a sophomore or junior for the current school year
  • Must be committed to making a positive impact in your community
  • Must be willing to meet with LEAD council teammates regularly during after school hours, including occasional irregular hours such as evenings or weekends

Deadline for Submission: Friday, September 1

Past LEAD Council Outcomes

  • Revitalized the Jessie D. Clifton Community Center & Park with an additional match grant from the City of Lake Charles’ Partners in Parks initiative
  • Established three Little Free Pantries across the City of Sulphur to help bridge the gap of food insecurity to underserved communities
  • Provided for two radar speed signs for the City of Sulphur to use in high-traffic, high-risk school zones to increase safety for youth on a day-to-day basis; the City of Sulphur agreed to include the installation and ongoing maintenance of the signs in the city’s budget
  • Provided 15 students with scholarships to attend summer TECH camps through the Calcasieu Parish School System
  • Upgraded Care Help’s Resource center with a new equipment and appliances, as well as paint for needed renovations
  • Provided funding for the Backpack Blessing Program to feed nearly 500 school children each week during the school year, and additional funding to meet the demand for food pantry services for local families due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Refurbished Epps Memorial Library with new technology for video production, virtual reality, charging stations and STEM related activities.
  • Partnered with Abraham’s Tent to provide funding for kitchen equipment and items to improve storage and efficiency of meal preparation. Additionally, members served meals and provided hygiene Blessing Bags.
  • Partnered with the St. Nicholas Center for Children to fund equipment, 10 scholarships and launched their newly innovative STEPS program to help children with behavioral issues prepare for school and life situations.


LEAD Program Form

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I hereby grant permission for Tellurian to take photographs/video of me for educational or media publicity purposes associated with the LEAD Program.

By signing this document you acknowledge the above requirements, that all information provided is accurate and that you agree to honor this commitment if selected as a LEAD council member.

For any questions regarding the LEAD application process please contact your school faculty advisor:

  • Washington Marion High School, Corry Allen, [email protected]
  • Sulphur High School, Mrs. Tyrella Bushnell.

For any technical issues regarding the LEAD application website please contact: [email protected].

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