LEAD Program Information


Training Dates for CYCLE 8:
October 28 – December 18, 2014
Trainings will occur at Grand Rapids City Hall
(300 Monroe Ave., NW) during after school hours;
mainly 4 to 6:30 p.m. two to three times a week.
One Saturday training is required.  Applicants must
complete training before they are eligible for employment.

Paid Job Experience: January - June 2015

The Leadership and Employment, Achievement and Direction (LEAD) program provides unique training in civic engagement, leadership and employability skills to young people ages 15 to 21. 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 for six months at a business participating in the Mayor’s 50 Campaign.

The Mayor’s 50 is a campaign to identify 50 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

>Age 15 to 21 at the start of training

>Grand Rapids Resident 

>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

The application deadline for the fall cohort has expired. Please check back in April for summer cohort applications.



For more information:
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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