Education & Leadership
The YMCA cares about education and leadership. The YMCA creates opportunities for youth and teens to contribute to their communities. Our education and leadership programs partner with families, schools, businesses, and the entire community to help provide brighter futures for young people. Our YMCA gives youth a safe place to call their own and a chance to connect with positive role models and adults who care about them. Education & Leadership programs include youth development activities, leadership groups, community service projects, exposure to diverse career options, after-school activities, tutoring and mentoring, sports, camping, strength-training, and fun, recreational events.
The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Program (Helping Other People Excel) is an education initiative in cooperation with the Lansing School District, the City of Lansing , Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, the Lansing Police Department, and in cooperation with local businesses and private citizens.
The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Program offers Lansing School District youth an opportunity for a college education and a brighter future. Students are initiated into the program as sixth graders. Students promise to finish high school in exchange for two years of free tuition at Lansing Community College. The students are chosen by their school based on their ability to utilize the program.
The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Program was developed to assist Lansing School District youth in their commitment to graduate from high school and go onto college. The YMCA partnered with the program to provide 3 month memberships at any location of the YMCA of Lansing to those H.O.P.E students based on criteria set by the Lansing School District including increased GPA and better attendance.