LEAD Brevard’s annual signature fundraiser, the Leadership Awards & 4 Under 40 'Celebrating the Next Generation of Leadership' recognition event generates funds for scholarships for future Leadership Brevard program participants. The fundraiser recognizes and celebrates the next generation of leadership on Florida's Space Coast; saluting Brevard County's top young professionals for their professional achievement, community impact, and leadership. Why scholarships?
As a 2018 class members and a scholarship recipient, Charlotte P. was randomly paired with the affordable housing Leadership Action Project team and she with her team shared her personal housing status. Armed with that information, they secured a more affordable option for her – moving from a 2/2 bdrm/bath apartment at $1,696.00 to a 3/2 house at $1,300.00 saving $4,752.00 annually. Charlotte has subsequently publically shared this information with the Brevard County Legislative Delegation on January 15, 2019 and at the state level as a vocal advocate for affordable housing. Without the scholarship award, she would not have been able to attend the Leadership Brevard program and make the connections that led to this housing/financial improvement.
Over 300 community leaders helped LEAD Brevard celebrate the 2019 Leadership Awards & 15th Anniversary 4 Under 40 Recognition event on February 8, 2019. Many of the previous year's 4 Under 40 Recipients attended the event to celebrate and support the young professionals that were recognized.