IMPACT Awards 2013

GRIL’s first ever IMPACT awards were handed out at graduation highlighting those in our community who are out transforming our community.  We honor the following for their work in the community:  Pastor Troy Evans, Grand Rapids FIRE, Samaria Jordan, and The Tall Turf LIT’s.  

2013 Graduation Highlights!

Graduates of GRIL’s Community Leadership Program, GRIL U Teen Program, and the Ambassador Club Program were acknowledged, celebrated and congratulated by their mentors, coaches, coordinators, family and friends Wednesday evening at Calvin College’s Gezon Auditorium.  Click for more photos.

Grand Rapids Top Scholars 2013

Two of our very own, Chrisan Stewart and Joel DeJong, have been acknowledged as Top Scholars for 2013 in Grand Rapids!  Congrats More info on Chrisan: Read article on MLIVE More info on Joel:  Read article on MLIVE  

GRIL U Calvin College Grads!

GRIL (Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders) would like to acknowledge and celebrate the college graduation of three more GRIL U Teen Leadership graduates who graduated from Calvin College (Allison VanderPloeg, RaeNosa Hudnell and Alyssa VanBeek): More Info:  Read this article on The Rapidian  

A Short Poem for You: PEOPLE

We on the rise No limits have control of us Advancing past the skies We headed for the stars Not forgetting our past scars But the future looks too bright to dwell on the past Tomorrow’s ours at last We aren’t a race, just a people There is only the race of man But they … Read More

GRIL Prayer Requests

Please send your prayer requests and praise to merv@grileadership.org *Pray that all the participants who have completed their Breakthrough Plans will be able to successfully incorporate their new vision into their daily lives. *Pray for High School graduates as they make plans for their future. *Pray for those looking for jobs.

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

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