Gaining Respect And Determination (GRAD) 

GRAD is a summer internship program whose purpose is to propel under resourced youth into the workforce while providing them with the resources that inspire confidence and foster skills that will secure sustainable lifetime employment. GRAD offers paid summer employment, mentoring, workshops, job preparation, life skills, character formation, and leadership development.

GRAD is designed for students in high school. We also have GRAD-PLUS which is designed for college age young adults. These interns will typically have leadership responsibilities and will be required to complete Workshop week, Volunteer and engage with a Mentor along with the GRAD Interns.


dedicated mentor

Each summer intern is paired with a responsible vetted adult who encourages, and supports them in making responsible choices in the workplace and in the challenges of everyday life. The mentor will meet once per week with the intern  to ensure success!

paid internship

  • 20 hours per week for 6 to 8 weeks in SUMMER.
  • Competitive Pay
  • Positions: events planning, nonprofit administration, medical services and more!
  • 1 hour of community service required each week

Workshop Week

Workshop week is FUN! Each day there are Guest speakers, fun activities and FREE LUNCH! Some topics include: Character Formation, Life Skills, Financial Literacy, Resume and Interview  Training and Exploring Career Options.