GRIL’s Graduation Celebration on June 5

Are you coming to the GRIL graduation on June 5 at 6pm at Calvin College in the Gezon Auditorium?  We hope so! We will be celebrating those who completed the adult Community Leadership Program and the teens who completed GRIL U and the Ambassador Club at Ottawa Hills. Below is a note Jevon Willis, our … Read More

Taking a Stand!

Over the past three weeks, teens from the GRIL U teen leadership program have been going out and using their voice for community impact on various injustices.  Two weeks ago the teens from the Navigators and Bethany Christian Services raised awareness about the topic of stereotyping while teens from The Other Way Ministries worked to … Read More

Area Teens Graduate College

In a time where many of our urban teens are known to drop out of high school, GRIL (Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders) is proud to announce the college graduations of three of our GRIL U teen leadership program graduates! Mario Adkins graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication … Read More

First News Post

Hey Everyone!  Welcome to GRIL’s recent news.  We aim to provide a great deal of information and updates through this blog – STAY TUNED!

Paying it Forward

Ambassador Club students at Ottawa Hills High School (OHHS) showed some love to a kindergarten class at Shawnee Park Elementary School on Valentine’s Day, and again just before spring break. The Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders (GRIL) OHHS students read books to Shawnee Park students (one on one and in small groups) and also completed … Read More

Mapping Our Cities’ Assets

On Saturday, March 16 teens from across the community in the Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders GRIL U program were seen walking the Roosevelt Park and Madison Square neighborhoods looking for assets.  These young leaders have been going through leadership trainings each week since September learning about themselves as leaders, their role as leaders in … Read More

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