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Fabulous Relationships and Intimacy Education that Nurtures Development – FRIEND

Our HEARTS Camps are for High Schoolers, our new FRIEND Camps for MIDDLE SCHOOLERS are starting soon. REGISTER NOW!

Down a PDF of our Final HEARTS Year 1 highlights brochure


Life-skills, Empowerment, and Development Services (LEADS) has received a two-year grant from The Office of Population Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  LEADS and its community partners will host 32 Health Education And Relationship Training Services (HEARTS) Camps in South St. Petersburg annually. Each HEARTS Camp will meet on two consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  


At each of the FREE camps, youth will receive breakfast, lunch and snacks, while trained facilitators (one male, one female) deliver the 13 healthy relationship lessons from Love Notes, a curriculum developed by the Dibble Institute. The non-profit Dibble Institute promotes relationship training for youth—especially in the context of dating and romantic connections. The goal of the HEARTS Camps is to help young people 15-18 years of age to build a foundation for healthy romantic relationships now, and for lasting, positive family environments in the future.  Lessons include art, video, music, and discussion.


Love Notes builds skills and knowledge for healthy and successful relationships with partners, family, friends, and co-workers. It is designed to help young people make wise relationship and sexual choices. Wise choices will assist them in achieving their education, employment, relationship, and family goals, while poor relationship and sexual choices may create barriers to these goals. The communication skills and self-awareness components of Love Notes are key to all kinds of relationships in life. For example, these soft skills increase successful and cooperative interactions in the workplace. Employers report that soft skills are vital for the success of young people entering the workforce.


Youth who complete the program will receive a $50-$75 Amazon gift certificate.


Families who would like their youth to attend should call 808-218-5396 or 727-307-8379.  


This project was made possible by Grant Number TP1AH000197 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs.

Thank you for joining us at our successfully fundraiser to raise money for CHAMPS! 


Marvelous Motown featuring The Black Honkeys

Saturday, February 22, 2020
7:00 p.m – 10:30 p.m.
The Palladium Side Door
253 5th Ave N – St. Petersburg

Tickets are purchased at the Palladium Box office or online at their website

The irresistible force of Motown made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century. Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson & the Jackson 5, the Marvelettes, Gladys Knight & the Pips; their music communicated and brought together a racially divided country and segregated society touching  people of all ages and races.

Life-skills, Empowerment and Development Services, (LEADS) a non-profit with a mission to educate children, empower families, enhance communities and embrace diversity invites everyone to enjoy a night of live music, dancing, and dinner. The show features The Black Honkeys performing music that was influenced by the Motown rhythm and blues sound of the 60’s and 70’s as we celebrate Black History Month.  Proceeds go to support the non-profit’s community work.




Fri, February 22, 2019

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST

City of Gulfport: Gulfport Casino Ballroom

5500 Shore Boulevard South

Gulfport, FL 33707

Come swing with us!

Featuring: Elder Ricardo Welch as Duke Ellington!
Directed by: Dr. Cody Clark

Enjoy finger food, entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction

Get your “glad rags” on and join us at the Gulfport Casino for a fundraiser for LEADS (Life-skills, Empowerment and Development Services) a Florida non-profit working to help strengthen families!