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About Us

ABOUT LDR

In a world full of untapped potential, there are those who rise above the challenges and embrace their true leadership potential. Welcome to Leadership Development Resources, where we empower students from low-income communities and at-risk backgrounds to find meaningful careers without the traditional college or military path. Please keep in mind that we welcome every individual who is interested in pursuing this career path.

At Leadership Development Resources, we believe in character development as the cornerstone of success. We guide our students on a transformative journey of self-awareness, helping them discover their unique strengths and passions.

Our comprehensive program focuses on essential socialization skills, enabling our students to confidently navigate professional environments. We teach effective communication, networking, and collaboration, empowering them to thrive in any workplace setting.

Leadership strategy is at the heart of what we do. We equip our students with the tools and insights needed to become effective leaders. From decision-making to problem-solving, they learn to inspire and motivate others, driving positive change wherever they go.

We understand that the road to success can be challenging, which is why we tackle the dress of success head-on. Our experienced mentors provide guidance, helping students navigate obstacles and develop resilience, ensuring they stay focused on their journey to achievement.

And when it comes to landing their dream jobs, we’ve got them covered. Our expert coaches offer résumé writing assistance, ensuring that every student’s unique skill and experience shine on paper, giving them a competitive edge in the job market. 

 Are you ready to unlock your true leadership potential? Join us at Leadership Development Resources, where we empower students to defy expectations and build a brighter future.

Leadership Development Resources — building leaders, transforming lives.

Mission

Our mission is to empower young adults from high school to the age of 25 in low-income, at-risk communities by equipping them with the necessary skills and resources to secure meaningful career opportunities outside of traditional college or military paths. We are committed to fostering character development, self-awareness, and social life skills among our students. By providing comprehensive training in leadership strategies, professional dress, and resume writing, we aim to prepare them for success in the job market. Through our programs, we strive to instill confidence, resilience, and a strong work ethic, enabling our students to overcome challenges and achieve their full potential, ultimately creating a positive impact on their lives and communities.

Vision

Our vision is to be the leading job placement support organization, empowering individuals to achieve their professional aspirations and fostering meaningful connections between job seekers and employers. We envision a future where every individual has access to the resources, guidance, and opportunities they need to secure fulfilling and sustainable employment.

Caleb Mitchell, Founder/CEO

As the founder and CEO of Leadership Development Resources, my journey began with the Hillsborough County School District, where I gained a profound understanding of the challenges faced by underserved students. Growing up in a household of 11, I experienced firsthand the hardships and poverty that many students in similar situations endure. From there, I transitioned to the YMCA, first as a Program Director at Bob Gilbertson’s YMCA in Tampa, Florida, and later as a Senior Program Director at Ridgecrest YMCA in Largo, Florida. Throughout my tenure at these YMCA locations, I continued to develop and implement impactful programs aimed at empowering individuals in need. My experiences in these roles reinforced my commitment to serving the community and guiding students towards a brighter future. These collective experiences have inspired me to establish Leadership Development Resources, a nonprofit organization focused on providing support to students facing challenges in their family lives and communities, driven by a deep passion for making a positive difference in their lives.