Drop In and See Us

“Being told I was chosen to be in a program that would help me get to college was the moment I saw my future get a little brighter.” 

~  Collegian Leader 

One of the greatest joys of taking part in the Lead Up community is following the progress of our students and being amazed at what they attempt and achieve.

Quite a lot goes into the “recipe” that makes that possible, and we invite you to learn more about our research-based program model here.

But the best way to experience the innovative and creative way Lead Up brings college and career into focus, is to drop in and see us. We know you’re busy, so we’ve created some visits below. Drop in (or should we say click in?) and come alongside our students as they reach for their future.

P.S. You’re welcome in person, too. Anytime.

Looking to “drop in” somewhere specific?  Try these links:

Or see all the ways we’re Leading Up:

Lights, Camera….Novel?

Adaptations Read Up with Lead UpLights, Camera....Novel? We celebrated the end of the school year with our favorite thing - books, of course! Well, books and movies - the theme this time around was books that have been adapted into movies or TV shows. “If you didn’t...

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Career & Care Fair – Flood Victims

career & care fir helping Flood victims After the devastating flooding that took place in Nebraska this March, Lead Up student leaders hosted their North Star peers for a session of blanket making and letter writing to support young children who lost their...

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More Than Words

More Than WordsMarch found Lead Up enjoying three packed days exploring every angle of children’s picture books, and learning that something as seemingly simple as an eBook is a lot more than words.BOOK TASTING: CHILDREN'S LITERATUREFirst, students attempted to...

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High School. High Stress.

Getting into college, and finding the money needed to pay for it, is more competitive than ever and the balancing act that students experience each and every day can add up to stress and burnout. Add on the demands of school, job, and extracurriculars and it’s easy to...

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Why Mentoring Matters by Taylor Sinclair

Why Mentoring Matters   Taylor Sinclair earned a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. She is passionate about civil rights and access to education. She is an avid hiker and reader and is happiest when leaving her comfort zone behind....

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Mystery – Sept 2018

Mysteries Read Up with Lead Up 76 books, spotlights on 9 classic writers of the genre, 4 activities to put their detective skills to the test, and 1 dead body. Our fall book tasting was full of murder, mayhem, and no small amount of mystery.  The night began with a...

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Graphic Novels – July 2018

Graphic Novels Read Up with Lead Up We had a super time at our graphic novel and comics book tasting discovering all of the different things a graphic novel can be. The evening kicked off with a discussion about how one “tastes” a book to figure out what indications...

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Leadership Summit

Last year our leaders invited a select group of classmates to the Leadership Summit and we had a wonderful time listening to interesting speakers and participating in hands on activities. Who will be invited to this year’s summit and what will it bring?!?! Stay tuned to find out.

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Poetry – April 2018

April’s tasting honored National Poetry Month by featuring poets of past and present and fun writing activities including a Lead Up Slam.

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Multiple Genres – March 2018

March saw our first Friday Night Forward and we featured a broad selection material including banned books, traditional classics, and new contemporary authors – plus some staff and leader favorites. Scavenger hunting, hidden covers and other mysteries to solve kept it interesting; along with some tasty pizza and themed desserts.

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NE Wesleyan Visit

NE Wesleyan Visit Although they are still Juniors for a couple more weeks, our will-be seniors are already getting excited about college!  This week, they visited Nebraska Wesleyan University. They learned about social and academic opportunities and, as junior Anthony...

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Read Up With Lead Up @ the Nebraska History Museum

Our sophomores and juniors brought books and props to the Nebraska history museum for their “Witness the Weird!” event. We manned stations on all three floors of the museum and had a great time reading aloud to all the visiting children.

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ACT Picnic

Building ACT Skills just seems more fun with sun and giant-sized games in the park, doesn’t it?

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Mega Success Skills Day

Our new leaders took the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI), created vision boards and toured our resource web site, the Lead Up Insider.

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Leading With Kindness Challenge

Leading With Kindness Challenge On February 14, 2018, 14 students and 3 staff members were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Lead Up students were horrified by this act of violence and decided to take action. With the mission to create more...

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Behind the Scenes: UNMC Dental College

Behind the Scenes: UNMC Dental College Beja’s “dream is to be a dentist” and the trip she took to UNMC’s Dental College “made her excited to go into dentistry.” Beja got to look around one of the labs on campus and ask questions about Kevin’s experiences as a...

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Senior Leader Trinity Responds to School Violence

Senior Leader Trinity Responds to School Violence In response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and in light of the public dialogues that have followed, Senior Leader Trinity has penned an OP ED piece on gun violence in schools and the impact it...

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Tutoring as a Way to Give Back

Tutoring as a Way to Give Back This semester, our student leaders have been working closely with five tutors from the University of Nebraska. Students are welcome to stop in three days per week to receive academic help. We interviewed one of these tutors, Hadi...

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Junior Leader Anthony Meets Ms Cash

Student Snapshot: Student Leader Anthony Meets Ms. Cash Junior Leader, Anthony, spent the month of April exploring his interest in becoming an Elementary school teacher.  At the beginning of the month he was nominated for and attended LPS's day-long workshop dedicated...

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Playing Soccer at North Star High School

Student Snapshot: Anthony & Shihab on playing soccer at North Star Junior leaders Anthony and Shihab were both on North Star’s JV Soccer team this year. We talked to them about what their time on the team was like, here’s what they had to say: Why did you decide...

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Experience Required

Experience Required A recent Forbes survey of 100 top HR managers, recruiters and CEOs asked what qualifications are most important for entry-level job seekers to obtain to be successful in their companies. Nearly all of them said, “soft skills.” Practice in...

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Museum Exhibit Opening

Lead up students will spend the summer working on a project with the staff at the Nebraska History Museum. Our students will help the museum professionals to research, select artifacts, and organize events related to a chosen exhibit. You will be able to see their work on October 6th when the exhibit opens.

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Quarterly Networking

Each quarter we invite individuals to help us sharpen our networking skills and learn about people, jobs and companies in our community. We would love to have you join us.

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