The goal of the LEAD UP (Leadership, Education, Adolescent Development and Unlimited Potential) Youth Achievement Program is to provide leadership and college preparation support to high school youth who are racial and ethnic minorities. The mission of the program is to prepare underrepresented youth to thrive in high school and college through positive leadership opportunities and college readiness supports that enhances their skills, resources, and social networks. Specifically, program participants engage in short and long-term goal-setting activities, action-planning, and identifying resources to build a solid foundation for success from adolescence to young adulthood.
What is LEAD UP?
LEAD UP provides youth with training and supports in the following areas:
LEAD UP Summer Academy at KU
Three-day college campus visit affords LEAD UP Achievers the opportunity to receive academic and college prep training, experience resident life by residing in the dorm and eating in the cafeteria, and receive guidance and coaching from KU LEAD UP Advisory Board Members who are college staff, faculty, or students. In the Summer Academy, youth participate in sessions and gain insight from experts who work in student advising, admissions, financial aid, student support services, student money management, Trio programs, athletics, and many other departments. Youth also participate in recreational activities both on and off campus.
LEAD UP Collaboratory
The LU Collaboratory is an online platform that provides information, resources, and communication tools to support Achievers, parents, and guardians. Through the Collaboratory LEAD UP Achievers have access to the following:
LEAD UP Meet Up
Achievers meet to share and discuss their goals, progress, and aspirations at least quarterly (some groups may meet monthly). The LEAD UP Meet Up also provide opportunities for Achievers to participate with other Achievers in positive recreational or leisure activities coordinated through the LU community partner programs.