The LEAD program is a business and education partnership sponsored by the Greater Waco Chamber. The program pairs Waco High School, University High School, Rapoport Academy, La Vega High School, Midway High School and Harmony Science Academy students with business leaders to foster mentoring relationships that educate and expose students to various business fields.
LEAD Mentors are committed to the development of students with leadership potential who need guidance and encouragement towards the pursuit of higher education and career goals, which in turn ensures greater employability and quality of life.
LEAD mentors are expected to meet with their students at least twice monthly with at least one of these meetings at a business tour that the chamber coordinates. Students are mentored by business professionals with similar aspirations and interests.
Seniors in the program can apply for the Bradley Ray Hulse $20,000 Memorial Scholarship that is awarded at the annual scholarship banquet.
The LEAD program will begin its ninth year in August 2015 and is proud of its 100 percent graduation rate with all students having gone onto some form of higher education. Currently 141 students and 71 mentors are in the program.
“With the addition of La Vega High School this summer our hope is to find mentors in close proximity to the school,” said LEAD director Rachel Martinez.
For more information about the program, to become a mentor, open the doors of your business for a tour or become a sponsor, contact Martinez at email@example.com or (254) 757-5633.