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LaunchPad

Propelling Destinies 

Empowering Dreams

Mentoring and fostering personal development have been foundational principles in the  LP founder's  journey, contributing significantly to their professional growth and overall success. We strongly advocate that mentoring serves as a catalyst for instilling self-confidence, building a person’s well-rounded character, and resulting in overall personal growth and success in life. The LP mentoring team is committed to working with young individuals, guiding them to enhance self-awareness, identify strengths and areas for improvement, and cultivate a robust set of core values. Additionally, our team is dedicated to nurturing emotional intelligence and cultivating leadership skills to support holistic growth.

The Power of Mentorship

Since the start in 2008, LaunchPad has served over 2,000 students, 5,000 families.  In 2021 LP launched a scholarship and mentoring program and in the last few years, we have funded $70,000 in scholarships for higher education and other continuing education and have partnered with 30+ community partner organizations. To view our LP history serving click below.

Our Work

David & Rebecca’s story is unique and parallel in many ways.  David & Rebecca have been married for 31 years and live in the Austin, Texas area. 

LP Founders David and Rebecca Contreras

LaunchPad originated from a deep desire for founders Rebecca and David to reconnect with their roots...

in community service, a commitment that traces back to their initial meeting while serving inner city communities in Northeast Austin. For the first ten years, LaunchPad was focused on after school programming and outreach to Title 1 school Dobie Middle School.  After a ten-year run and at the conclusion of a state funded after school grant, the programming at Dobie ended and LaunchPad’s focus shifted when COVID hit. Today, LaunchPad is focused on financially supporting local and global causes centered around the four core tenants of David & Rebecca’s passion:

This new mission focus for LaunchPad still allows the Contreras' to invest in making a difference and for their non-profit to play a small role through fuel of funding with engaging, equipping and empowering those organizations that are transforming lives with measurable results!

The Story of LaunchPad

Young Men Mentoring & Leadership Program

LP Founder David offers a mentoring and leadership program to young men, some out of a non-traditional high school in Round Rock, TX, and others through a local juvenile center in Williamson County. The mentoring and leadership program supports student growth by learning to navigate their decisions and take the action steps needed for improving their lives and future.

Testimonials

A few words on the impact of LaunchPad

“Success High School is privileged to have collaborated with LaunchPad. This Scholarship and mentoring opportunity grants our young men funds to begin their academic journey after graduating from high school. LaunchPad continues mentoring them as they complete their career training. They mentor them along the way and assist in their navigation through their post-secondary education. We are very inspired and appreciative of their work with our young men.”

Alberto Z. Perez, Counselor, Success High School

“Working with LaunchPad were the best years of my career. Our dropout rate at Dobie Middle School was outrageous, and every student who was sent to David’s program successfully completed it and did not become a dropout statistic. He changed these students’ lives! He spent a lot of time and invested into those students that really needed it and probably would have never had another chance to be successful otherwise.” 

Maria Hernandez, Forrmer Drop Out Prevention Specialist, Dobie Middle School

“LaunchPad is helping me pursue an education at Texas A&M University where I am majoring in Biology and will pursue a minor in Youth development psychology. In the future I would like to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.”

Alaiysha, Girl of Legacy

“Middle school was the first time I had seen drugs, violence, and gangs in person, yet somehow I felt comfort in all of this because I fit in well with all of the other kids who came from similar backgrounds where these types of things were common. At first I saw the LaunchPad afterschool program as only an incentive from the school to earn credits for absences, but soon I began to look forward to attending. The impactful speakers, individual attention from mentors, and witnessing the success stories of those who had faced similar situations planted a seed of hope. While it didn't solve my home issues, Launchpad equipped me with the tools to envision a different future. It was a true blessing in my life.”

Christian, Former LP Student

"LaunchPad was designed to help students achieve personal empowerment and actualize any goals, not just those directly related to academics. Mr. David and his entire LaunchPad team worked tirelessly with students during their after-school meetings, and I know how deeply impacted our shared students were as a result.” 

Christy Barrett, Retired AVID Campus Coordinator, Dobie College Prep Academy

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Girls of Legacy

In March 2022, during Women’s History Month, Rebecca and David Contreras’ non-profit LaunchPad proudly introduced the Girls of Legacy scholarship and mentoring program, benefiting disadvantaged students in the Austin area as they began fulfilling their dreams of post high school higher education or alternative certifications and or professional development.

Global Outreach Advocacy & Community Impact

LaunchPad extends a compassionate hand both locally and globally, fostering positive change in communities near and far. Locally our outreach is dedicated to creating opportunities for a brighter future right in our own backyard. Simultaneously, our global outreach connects to women and children in Central America, Africa, and the Middle East who have faced the harsh realities of trauma and regional conflict.

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