History

In late 2001, the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) set out to find an organization that could create a statewide network of youth prevention leaders.

Geminus Corporation, along with several Indiana Boys & Girls Clubs and the Indiana Youth Services Association/Youth Services Bureaus worked together to create the LEAD Initiative. The goal of the program was to strengthen youth leadership across Indiana by providing opportunities for youth including training, resources, and networking. Trained youth leaders in prevention programs allow youth to receive prevention messages through peer-led activities. The first program was implemented in March of 2002 and has since been implemented in over 50 youth-serving agencies across Indiana, reaching well over 40,000 youth.