County online high school completion program gearing up

GENESEE COUNTY — GEARup2LEAD of Flint, a nonprofit organization, is currently accepting applications for its inaugural Heroic Leadership Academy, an alternative high school program launching for the the 2015-16 school year.

Students from around the state are eligible to enroll in the program through Michigan’s Schools of Choice program. Michigan’s Schools of Choice deadline for enrollment is Aug. 14.

Heroic Leadership Academy students will earn high school credits through Graduation Alliance, a nationally accredited program, according to a press release. After completing all state and local graduation requirements, they will receive a high school diploma from Swartz Creek Community Schools

Through diverse community and business partnerships, the Heroic Leadership Academy will combine comprehensive supports in education and leadership training for at-risk students. The academy is designed to help students ages 15-19 harness their existing qualities and become change agents aka heroic leaders in their communities.

The academy will take a multifaceted approach to leadership training, with students gaining diverse experiences as both mentees and mentors. Each student will be matched with mentors from local universities, as well as community mentors from businesses and organizations who will assist in personalized career readiness. Concurrently, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills, serving as mentors and positive role models for at-risk children at the Whaley Children’s Center.

“We want our students to feel what it’s like to be a heroic leader,” said Adam Hartley, executive director of GEARup2LEAD. “Our core mission is to help students achieve a high school diploma and draw out the best characteristics that are already within them, ultimately benefiting our communities and state.” Students will work directly with GEARup2LEAD within Flint and Genesee County on a solutionary project, while earning their high school diploma.

“This initiative is a textbook win-win situation for Michigan students and local communities,” said Ray Kelly, CEO of Graduation Alliance.

For more information about the Heroic Leadership Academy and how to apply, please visit academy. — R.S.

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