LEAD Program Information
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!
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.
The application window for the 10th Cycle of the LEAD Program has closed. Applications for the spring session for college-aged students ages 18 to 24 years old will be online in March 2016. Applications for the summer session for students ages 15 to 24 will be online in April 2016.
Training Dates for CYCLE 10:
Fall Session (Ages 15 to 24):
October 27 - December 17, 2015
January – June 2016
>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
firstname.lastname@example.org (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.