Leadership and Employment, Achievement and Direction

Leadership Retreat, Local Business Tours, College Tours, Cover Letter & Resume Writing Seminar, Community Service, City Government Scavenger Hunt, Interviewing Workshops, Workplace Etiquette Workshops, & More!

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 retail, web development, marketing, graphic design, customer service, hotel management, investment management, and more.

Click here to download the Application.

Application deadline: Friday, September 23, 2011

Eligibility Requirements:
• Age 15 to 21 at start of program

• 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, subsequent job placement through December 2011 and monthly workshops

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 grants from the United States Department of Justice, the Urban Cooperation Board and the United States Department of Labor.


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