The Tulare County Step Up #LEAD (Leading, Educating, Advocating, and Dedication) program engages high school juniors and seniors to be leaders and mentors, providing an alternative to the cycle of the welfare and foster care system. Participants learn life skills, college and career planning, and service learning for the benefit of their communities, and ultimately themselves.
Students who successfully complete the program with a participation rate of 80% will be offered the opportunity to work at a job based upon their future career interest. In addition, graduating seniors who apply for the #LEAD scholarship and are selected will receive funds for the college or vocation education program of their choice.
Partners include the County's Board of Supervisors, CSET, the local Health and Human Services department, College of the Sequoias, Porterville Community College, the Tulare County Youth Commission, Porterville Unified School District, Tulare Joint Union High School District, Tulare County Office of Education, and Visalia Unified School District and all participant’s school districts.