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Drake University to host college preparation and leadership conference for high school males

April 7, 2015

Drake University will host the Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling’s first annual L.E.A.P. Young Men’s Conference on Saturday, June 6.

L.E.A.P., Leading & Excelling, Academically & Professionally, is a free conference for young males to learn how achieving academic success and pursuing a higher education leads to life-long rewards. The conference is open to high school freshmen and sophomores in Iowa from socioeconomic backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

L.E.A.P. will not only emphasize the pursuit of higher education, but also leadership, responsibility, teamwork, respect, being a role model, and encouraging participants to make successful life choices.

Speakers from Drake University, Loras College, University of Northern Iowa, and Iowa State University will host breakout sessions covering topics that include:

  • L.E.A.P. Into Your Future—Finding Your Why
  • Do I Really Know How to Study?
  • What Knot to Wear—Business Attire 101
  • Keep It Real

 “In our state underserved males are at risk for not completing high school and not attempting or completing college and training programs,” said Cyrus Nichols, assistant director of admissions at the University of Iowa. “L.E.A.P. is an opportunity for young men to make positive connections about their future after they graduate high school. The facilitators and volunteers are truly committed to relationship building and mentoring the students through high school and into higher education and the workforce.”

The conference will also feature panel discussions and an optional tour of Drake’s campus. Participants will learn from a variety of professionals, as well as each other, about what it takes to achieve their goals and be successful.

Conference goals include:

  • Encourage the completion of education and professional goals
  • Teach young men how to empower one another and to work cooperatively
  • Create an opportunity for young men to feel a sense of belonging
  • Help prepare participants to make successful life choices
  • Encourage participants to become respectful and responsible young men

For more information and to register for the L.E.A.P. conference, students should visit and complete the required online application, waiver, and submit a letter of recommendation. The deadline to apply is Saturday, April 25.

For more information, contact Cyrus Nichols, assistant director of admissions at University of Iowa at (319) 335-1922 or


WHAT: L.E.A.P. Young Men’s Conference 2015 for underrepresented high school freshmen and sophomores in Iowa

WHO: Hosted by the Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling

WHERE: Drake University campus

WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.