Sometimes, it takes more than traditional academic approaches to keep young people in school and engaged. At the LEAPS learning event, "Strengthening Youth Opportunity in Rural America," on May 20, 2019, panelists shared how soft skills training and wellness services can provide an outside-the-box benefit for young people and their communities.

LEAPS, a 2-year initiative of BHP and the International Youth Foundation creates partnerships with local organizations in West Texas (greater Midland/Odessa area), South Texas (between San Antonio and Victoria), and Northwest Louisiana to equip young people with the skills needed to succeed in school, work, and life and to become more engaged members of their communities.