New Program Offers Mentoring, Online Education to At-Risk Students
A new nonprofit in Flint, MI, Gearup2Lead,
will offer at-risk
students throughout Michigan the opportunity to earn a high school
online and participate in activities in which they work with mentors and
In conjunction with Graduation Alliance, students selected for
the Heroic Leadership Academy, beginning with the 2015-16 school year,
- Work through Graduation Alliance's online alternative
curriculum to earn a high school diploma with free laptops and
- Attend weekly leadership training sessions and life
workshops offered by Gearup2Lead;
- Work with local organizations and businesses on
designed to build better communities where they live;
- Meet regularly with community and college
- Be mentors themselves to younger students at the
Children's Center in Flint.
"Our core mission is to help student achieve a high
diploma and draw out the best characteristics that are already within
said Gearup2Lead Executive Director Adam Hartley. "We want our students
what it's like to be a heroic leader."
Students who are ages 15-19 from throughout the
Michigan can apply to enroll in the program through Michigan's Schools
Graduation Alliance, which offers online alternative
and training programs, recently
announced its participation in a similar partnership
with the Davenport Community School District in Davenport, IA.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.