What if you could impact Grand Rapids’ economy and the lives in your community by improving your leadership or the leadership of others?

What’s in it for Participants?
Through GR Initiative for Leaders (GRIL), participants learn balance, accountability, interdependence, diversity, empowerment, and leverage in the Ambassador Club School Program, Community Leadership Trainings (CLT), Adult Ministry Program, and GRIL U Faith-Based Program, a 9-month program held during the school year.

To date, 99% of our teen graduates have a high school diploma.  88% are in college.  The difference between our high school grad rate and the state average (76%) amounts to thousands saved in incarceration and unemployment costs.


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Spiritual Mandate:
“Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22: 37 – 38

Diversity Statement:  GR Initiative for Leaders (GRIL) continues to be intentional in demonstrating cultural sensitivity within our organization. We place diversity related issues as paramount and recognize that both systems and individuals must be aware and culturally responsive within our work, particularly within our effort in championing social justice.

prfcTo that end, GRIL is pleased to announce that after completing the rigorous assessment set forth by Partners for a Racism-Free Community, we have recently been bestowed the distinction of full partner. We invite you to join us in this journey to create a racism-free organization leading to a racism-free community.

Special thanks to W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the DeVos Family Foundation/DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, and all of our donors without whose support, our efforts wouldn’t be possible.