With the right kind of motivation, achieving anything in life is possible. 

Sixteen-year-old Ismael Mugoya was born in Kenya and moved to the United States. He says his source of motivation was always nearby.

His father Jele was a Boy Scout in Africa and wanted to pass along what he learned along the way.

“I look up to him; he’s why I’m in Boy Scouts, I want to become just like him,” Ismael said.

That is one reason why Ismael joined Scout Troop 650 through a scholarship made possible by LeAP -- Leadership Assistance Program.

The program launched in 2012 and provides outdoor experiences to youth ages 6 through 20 who wouldn’t necessarily get a chance. 

LeAP is aimed toward at-risk youth in communities from Denver to Idaho Springs who come from families who may struggle.

“The kids can’t traditionally do scouting,” LeAP Team Leader Bob Williams said. “Their parents are working two or three jobs just to put food on the table.”

For one hour a week, LeAP partners with schools and organizations to provide scouting-based activities like camping, fishing and swimming to about 2,000 young people around the metro area.

“The program is designed to take the program to these kids to do traditional scouting activities,” Williams said.

Sharing these experiences, however, comes at cost that LeAP can’t afford to do on its own. 

“We have to buy program supplies, we have camping fees,” Williams said. “The funding is needed so we can reach more youth, do more programs, and take some of these kids and let them do things they’ve never done before.”

They are asking the community for motivation through financial help so they can continue on a tradition.

“Everything you give will help us to continue this program for years to come,” Williams said.

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