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What is LEO?

The LEO (Learning and Empowering Oneself) Program is an interactive youth development and resiliency program for ages 14-20 in Wood County, WI. The LEO Program explores how the human brain works and why our brain is not prepared for the challenges of today’s world. Our lower brain, also known as the survival brain, dominants our day to day life. 

LEO teaches how to use different parts of the brain - the higher brain instead of the lower brain - to achieve lower stress, better memory, more creativity and most importantly, resilience! Participants of the program report improved quality of life, reduced anxiety, leadership in problem solving, clarity of thinking and optimism for the future.

The program is eight sessions facilitated by staff from Wood County and CW Solutions. The program operates outside of the normal school schedule and cost of participation is FREE. LEO concepts and tools are based on 25 years of exploration, research, and practice from Dr. Raj Nijhawan, CEO and Founder of the Life Ecology Organization.

 “I love LEO the tools I learned in LEO! They are so helpful in times of stress or when I'm freaking out. Before LEO,  I used to freak out and stress all the time about almost everything. Now, I know how to change my thought process when I am freaking out or stressing out, to see if I should really be worried about what I was worrying about.” – Sarah K.

SIMPLY PUT, you are investing in your personal success.

 Why you?  WHY NOT YOU!

 

Who Can Participate in the LEO Program? 

To be eligible for the LEO program, a youth participant needs to be:

  • Age 14—20
  • Residing in Wood County or attending school in Wood County
  • Not diagnosed with a substance use disorder by a professional

“I really enjoyed every session of The LEO Program and it helped me when I was feeling stress. My favorite tool that we learned is Meditation because there are so many ways to meditate. My way is mediating on God's word.” – Caleb K.

 

LEO Exploration & Mentorship

Participants can volunteer to have one on-one or small group LEO Exploration & Mentorship (LEM) with the program coordinator, outside of the program sessions. The purpose of LEM activity is to provide support to program participants on the application of tools learned. Participants are eligible for LEM until they no longer are eligible for the LEO program (age out, move out of Wood County or have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder).

 

LEO Program Contacts

To find The LEO Program near you or to bring the program to your school/ community, please contact:

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Region: North Wood County  

Program Coordinator: Kathryn Draper

630 S Central Ave, Marshfield WI 54449

Phone: (715) 540-0784  

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Region: South Wood County

Program Coordinator: Kathleen Wesolowski

111 W Jackson St, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54495

Phone: (715) 315-0347

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Program Manager: Thomas Prete

111 W Jackson St, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54495

Phone: (608) 732-3888

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