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The Dragonfly Thrift Boutique is sponsored by the Ladies Empowerment & Action Program (LEAP).
LEAP's Mission is to empower incarcerated women to transcend their past and successfully re-enter society by providing transformational education, entrepreneurial training, and mentorship. We serve as a model, voice and advocate for the the power of rehabilitation over retribution.
Our goal is to empower women to transform their lives by preparing participants to establish their own businesses or become successfully employed. LEAP's comprehensive 300+ hours in prison program is the only re-entry program for incarcerated women in Florida that includes entrepreneurship. Indeed LEAP is one of the few re-entry programs for women in Florida of any kind.
LEAP's mission targets the community needs to reduce recidivism (rate of return to prison) among women. LEAP's recidivism rate is 4-6%, as compared to Florida's recidivism rate of 26.3%. Female offenders have greater challenges finding a job than men, are underemployed, work fewer hours, make less money, and are often employed in nonpermanent, low-level, or entry-level jobs with little chance for advancement. However, since the inception of LEAP in 2009, LEAP's re-entry approach has proven effective with over 150 graduates of the program. Of those, 10 have started micro enterprises, over 75% are employed and the rest are in school or seeking employment.