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Leaders Education Foundation Programs

Partnering to Give Forward

Leaders Education Foundation believes in empowering our community for good. We partner with area nonprofits who provide educational initiatives that give forward to students and teachers throughout West Tennessee.

The READ Team
A Program of United Way

The READ Team allows volunteers to partner with students during school hours to assist students with reading initiatives for one hour per week. 


The READ Team also supports the Words on Wheels or WOW Wagon. The WOW Wagon is a trailer that travels to neighborhoods in West Tennessee to give free books to children. One of the strategic keys to literacy is having books around the home for children at a young age to look at, be read to, and eventually to read themselves. 


Ways you can help?

Volunteer to read  |  Donate books



WestTeach is the premier leadership development program for teachers in the 21 counties of West Tennessee. The program topics will expose our teachers to relevant and influential issues that can shape and reshape the classroom engagement for their students. Teachers will be challenged and equipped to translate their WestTeach experiences into transformational opportunities for their students. The WestTeach mission is to engage and equip West Tennessee teachers with tools and leadership skills for success in and outside the classroom.

Jackson Grown Leader Fellowship

The Jackson Grown Leader Fellowship brings together a select group of high school seniors for mentor investment, skills development, network building and knowledge growth during the critical final years of high school. it is designed to give each fellow a personalized leg up for their next stages of learning and advancement. 

Imagination Library


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income. In 2022, two million books were mailed each month globally! Leaders Education Foundation has supported the efforts of chapters in Madison, Gibson and Haywood counties. 

haywood imagination library rep
Jackson Symphony Music Academy


Leaders Education Foundation offers a scholarship to a high school senior that exceeds expectations both in and outside of the Jackson Symphony Music Academy program. The applicant will exhibit musical excellence, involvement in the Jackson Symphony as a whole and academic excellence.  

Jackson Symphony Music Academy Logo
Jackson Arts Council

The Jackson Art Box provides students in the Jackson Madison County School System with free art supplies to use as tools for creativity and expression.  


JMCSS school counselors receive professional development training and a packet of art activities from an art therapist as an extra resource to help students express themselves. Leaders Education Foundation was instrumental in making this program possible.

Art Box Jackson Arts Council
FutureStar Summit
A program of WestStar

The FutureStar Summit is a leadership program designed for West Tennessee’s potential leaders held at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The one-day summit is hosted for two 8th graders from each school system in West Tennessee. The program encourages those who “need the extra push” to reach their potential. The hope is that this experience will plant a “seed” in the students that would help them understand the personal value of an education and would spark an interest in them that may not have had before. 

Ballet Arts

Leaders Education Foundation is the School Performance Sponsor for Ballet Arts of Jackson’s 2023-24 season, allowing hundreds of more children from school districts across West Tennessee to experience a live ballet performance.


“With the sponsorship of Leaders Education Foundation, we are able to reach more kids in our community, giving them the opportunity to learn about the art of ballet,” Caroline Meinert, Artistic Director of Ballet Arts said.

ballet arts press release