LEAD Program Information


Training Dates for CYCLE 7:  June 16  – July 2, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, excluding weekends. Applicants must complete training before they are eligible for employment.

Paid Job Experience: July - December 2014

The application period for the summer has closed.  Applications for the fall program will be available in August 2014.

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, financial literacy, and field trips to local businesses and colleges.

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

For more information, contact Our Community’s Children Program Coordinator, Shannon L. Harris at 616.456.3558 or sharris@grcity.us.

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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