Want a Citywide After-school System? Here’s What You Probably Need

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Leadership and Employment, Achievement and Direction (LEAD)

Josh Briones

Among the programs in Grand Rapid's citywide after-school system is Leadership and Employment, Achievement and Direction (LEAD), in which high school students explore local businesses and gain leadership and employment skills. Shown are (from left) Denise Garcia, Ashley Daza and Program Coordinator Shannon L. Harris.

In the past 10 years, nearly 30 cities have shifted from funding individual after-school programs to creating a citywide system. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach . . .

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