Heroic Leadership Academy

Help us close the Technology Gap in Flint!

This student led project is designed to help close the gap between low income families and their middle class/upper class peers when it comes to having access to technology and learning how to be successful in college and careers!

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In Lansing to meet with Senator Jim Ananich

In Lansing to meet with Senator Jim Ananich

At our office in The Dryden in Flint, MI (Growth Mindset-We know we can get better through effort)

At our office in The Dryden in Flint, MI (Growth Mindset-We know we can get better through effort)

GEAR service day at Cook Park in Flint, MI (Responsibility and Taking Action!)

GEAR service day at Cook Park in Flint, MI (Responsibility and Taking Action!)

Our guest speakers are always impressed with our HLA students!

"I enjoyed meeting each of you the other week and I’m impressed with the work you are doing with GEARup2LEAD. The skills you are learning now will help you be strong advocates for our community for years to come. Stick with this group, it will help to open doors for your future. Keep at it, keep your grades up, and stay motivated!" - Senator Jim Ananich

"It was an honor to spend some time with you and your students.  The amazing part of our day is that we focused a good amount of time on failure.  I've learned to embrace failure, because it leads to redemption and innovation.  Your students told me about their failures, and how your program has given them a different avenue to create, collaborate and think as young innovators and leaders.  So many times, all it takes is a program like yours to give certain young people that voice they've so desperately searched for to bring about positive change in the way they think, and approach their daily lives.  Bravo GEARup2LEAD students and mentors.  You are truly making a difference." -Jeff Piechowski. HLA Community Leader Guest Speaker

Our Heroic Leadership Academy students are working directly with GEARup2LEAD within Flint and Genesee County on solving critical issues while earning their high school diploma.  

While participating in the Heroic Leadership Academy, our students will:

  • Earn their high school credits through Graduation Alliance (A nationally accredited online curriculum)

  • Receive weekly heroic leadership training from GEARup2LEAD

  • Collaborate with local organizations and businesses to accept a call to action (critical issue) and work with others to solve the critical issue to help build a better community.

  • Be a mentor for younger students within the community

  • Work with The College mentors

  • Receive a laptop and 24/7 wifi access

  • Have access to 24/7 tutoring

  • Have access to career prep and other life skills workshops

...and much more to ensure our Heroic Leadership Academy students are successful in becoming leaders within Flint, Genesee County, and beyond!

Email ajhartley@gearup2lead.org to receive information on the application process

GEARup2LEAD believes everyone has the ability to be a heroic leader. By honing a certain set of skills and developing the right mindset, our students will become the change agents we need to help transform our community.

The HLA with Founder of WhyTry? Christian Moore and WhyTry? leader Mark Merrill  Christian spoke in November about resiliency and grit

The HLA with Founder of WhyTry? Christian Moore and WhyTry? leader Mark Merrill  Christian spoke in November about resiliency and grit


Our Partners

Swartz Creek Community Schools

Graduation Alliance

Join our Call to Action: Contact ajhartley@gearup2lead.org and learn how to get involved