The LEAD program is in its 11th year with a 100 percent graduation rate with all students who have gone onto higher education. Currently, there are 187 students in the program and 93 mentors.
The LEAD program is a business and education partnership that pairs Waco Independent School District, Rapoport Academy, Harmony Science Academy, La Vega and Midway high school students with business leaders to foster mentoring relationships that educate and expose students to various business fields. By improving the students’ knowledge of higher education and potential career paths they expand their goals for their future. The Greater Waco Chamber hopes to motivate them to graduate high school and pursue higher education, which in turn ensures greater employability and quality of life.