LEAD Program Information



Program Overview:
The Leadership and Employment, Achievement and Direction (LEAD) program provides unique training in civic engagement, leadership and employability skills to young people. This fun and interactive experience consists of workshops in résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing, dressing for success, stress management, game night, financial literacy, field trips to local businesses and colleges and more!

Students that complete LEAD will be employed at a business participating in the Mayor’s 100 Campaign.

The Mayor’s 100 is a campaign to identify 100 businesses to partner with the City of Grand Rapids to provide meaningful jobs for young people. Students will be hired by various local businesses that specialize in web development, marketing, graphic design, customer service, investment management, engineering, and more.

 Until further notice, Our Community’s Children will not facilitate a summer LEAD Program. However, please feel free to check back often for updates.  

Eligibility Requirements:

>Ages 15 to 24 at the start of training

>Grand Rapids Resident or attend college in the Greater Grand Rapids area

>Eligible to work in the United States of America

>Must be attending high school with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, a high school graduate
or enrolled in college or a GED program

>Must be able to commit to entire length of training and job placement


For more information or to send your completed application:
Shannon L. Harris, Program Coordinator
Our Community’s Children
300 Monroe Ave., NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
sharris@grcity.us (for a quicker response)

LEAD is managed by Our Community’s Children, a public/private partnership between the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Public Schools and community partners. This program is made possible through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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