Strengthening students into leaders in our community

Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – This week’s Connecting with Community Awards finalist is impacting Grand Rapids youth today in a way that will make an impact for years to come.

Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders (GRIL) is a community leadership program that helps build student leaders in schools like Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Union and Ottawa Hills.

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GRIL brings instructors into classes to supplement the leadership education. Class topics include: balance/time management, cross cultural leadership and community capacity building.

Partners from outside the classroom bring real world experiences and teaching to student who might not get it otherwise.

Students receive support from these mentors while being exposed to potential careers. College administrators also assist students with college preparation.

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GRIL helps students look inside themselves to identify leadership skills they might already have yet don’t realize it. It also helps them to better utilize the skills.

Students are taught about community citizenship and the responsibility to help make our own community a better place. They participate in service projects in and around their schools. One project includes students at Union High working on re-creating the school’s student council.

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Find out more about the Connecting with Community Awards and watch previous finalist stories here.

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