Our Approach

“Success has always been easy to measure. It is the distance between one’s origins and one’s final achievement.

~  Michael Korda

Lead Up helps young people write themselves into the success stories of their community.

We believe that skills, opportunities, resources and networks are the key tactics in developing those stories.

Motivated young people come to Lead Up to discover their passion. Our unique program model builds their strengths, nurtures their ambition and propels them towards the professional options and opportunities that match their strengths and interests – particularly those in which they are historically underrepresented.

But our goal is not just to prepare our students for jobs, we also encourage young people to explore the community and contribute their time and talent to help others.

Taken together, these powerful stories maximize the potential of promising youth and in turn positively impact workforce insufficiencies, underrepresentation of minorities in professional fields across the vocational landscape, and socioeconomic inequality.

In Action

SKILLS

More Than Words

Leaders spent three days trying to crack the code on children’s literature in order to create their own picture books.

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Mega Success Skills Day

New student leaders set their sights high as they look toward the future, creating short- and long-term goals and reflecting on how Lead Up can help get them where they want to go.

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PATHWAYS

More Than Words

Leaders spent three days trying to crack the code on children’s literature in order to create their own picture books.

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

LEADERSHIP

More Than Words

Leaders spent three days trying to crack the code on children’s literature in order to create their own picture books.

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Learning to Lead Up

North Star students spent the day learning to Lead Up with help from Wesleyan and astronaut Clayton Anderson at our annual leadership summit.

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NETWORKS

More Than Words

Leaders spent three days trying to crack the code on children’s literature in order to create their own picture books.

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Quarterly Networking

We’d love to see your face at one of our networking events. Our students never get tired of meeting new people and hearing their stories.

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