What’s Up ?! – February 2019
From the CEO
Raise your hand if you’re sick of winter! It’s definitely a challenge to stay motivated while braving these soul crushing cold temps, but with many new developments and activities in the works, we are rushing towards a warm and exciting spring. A new career capsule is kicking off with our first-ever e-book hackathon and the Next Up blog I wrote about in the last issue is taking shape nicely for an April launch. At the request of our partner school, North Star, we’ll begin a monthly version of our annual “Stand Up with Lead Up” career-service event on March 26th. I’m excited to share that Lead Up was awarded an AmeriCorps VISTA grant and with those resources, look forward to expanding our team and deepening our impact here in Lincoln. (By the way – if you know of someone interested in a year of service with AmeriCorps, there is more info on our website.) Check out the great workshops and events coming up, and as always, we invite you to get involved with our program and amazing students. Stay warm, and we hope to see you soon.
Founder and CEO
“Do you want to be a part of a community that pushes you to be your best? Motivated students interested in learning, growing, and pursuing their dreams are welcome to apply.”
With graduation right around the corner, it’s that time of year when Lead Up selects a new cohort of Student Leaders to join the program. With limited positions available in each cohort, what are the top things we’re looking for in a prospective Leader? Potential and motivation.
Things get rolling with recommendations from teachers and staff, counselors and our current Leaders. Recommended students are invited to complete a written application addressing questions about their academic goals and challenges, leaders and leadership, personal and career interests. Every application is read and re-read, especially our favorite question: “What issue or challenge in the community do you want most to impact with your talents and skills?”
But we don’t stop there. Bringing students and the Lead Up team together for group and individual interviews helps to round out the written application and provides a terrific opportunity to deepen what we know about each applicant; their hopes, dreams and what they plan to contribute to the Lead Up community.
With a dramatically narrowed field, the last step in becoming a Lead Up Student Leader is a meeting with finalists and their families to reiterate the opportunities and responsibilities of being a part of the program.
Which brings us to the Lead Up starting line for another amazing group of young people embarking on their race to college and career.