Skills are Built,

Not Born. 



We educate and inspire youth and adults through Growth Mindset with the goal of providing the skills and resiliency needed to find purpose and satisfaction in their lives.

GearUp2Lead is a nonprofit leadership development organization located in Flint, MI with the mission of educating and inspiring youth and adults through Growth Mindset. GearUp2Lead’s primary program is GearUp Academy, a non-traditional high school that seeks to provide students with the inspiration, skills, and resiliency needed to find purpose and satisfaction in their lives. The program balances core curriculum with experiences in critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, and entrepreneurial ideas.

Under our guidance, students will be expected to earn their high school diplomas and gain employment with one of our community business partners. Along with GearUp Academy, our Spring Conference and Curriculum modules continue to help build leaders in an effort to inspire individual and community change.


To Educate

And Employ



GEAR represents the four core tenets of our organization. Growth Mindset, Empathy, Action, and Responsibility. In a Growth Mindset, the most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work— brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Growth Mindset – You can learn anything. There is no end to your abilities. 

Responsibility – Take ownership of your life in order to enact true change.

Empathy – Develop the ability to share and understand the feelings of others.

Action – Not only are we defined by what we do, we are also defined by what we don't do.

The Mindset

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning. When entire companies embrace a growth mindset, their employees report feeling far more empowered and committed; they also receive far greater organizational support for collaboration and innovation. In contrast, people at primarily fixed-mindset companies report more of only one thing: cheating and deception among employees, presumably to gain an advantage in the talent race.


The Academy


The Curriculum


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