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The Tap In Team: Making a Difference

The Tap In team is dedicated to our scholars, families and community. If you have any questions, concerns, compliments, or ideas for making the program fit your family’s needs, please let any of our staff listed below know.

Our Leadership Team

Sally K. Carter

Sally K. Carter

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Sally K. Carter is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Tap In Leadership Academy (Tap In). Through her practice as a youth advocate, and education trainer, Sally has experienced, first-hand, the challenges faced by youth within disadvantaged communities. She extracts from her professional and personal experiences to create programs that build upon existing community resources. Sally has constructed programs that serve as a vehicle for sustainable, meaningful collaborations.

Sally earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Kaplan University. She is a published author and has won countless awards for her work. Most recently, Sally was acknowledged by Illinois Lottery as a 2014 Illinois Trailblazer. Although the journey has not been easy, Sally’s persevering attitude has allowed her to thrive in numerous situations where others would merely choose to fail.


Leila El-Badawi

Leila El-Badawi

YES! Chicago Director

Leila El-Badawi is a graduate of the University of Illinois, with her bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Business. Leila has experience working with various nonprofits internationally, but has found her home at Tap In Leadership Academy. She originally got involved with Tap In as a volunteer at Franklin Middle School in September 2013. Since then, she has transition from Site Leader at Franklin Middle School and later Jefferson Middle School to an administrative role with Tap In. Leila is currently the YES! Chicago Director, with past experience as the Director of Support Services, HR & Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. Seeing scholars and staff thrive motivates Leila to continue to help others.

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