SEL Awardee

Jonathan Janus

East Mecklenburg High School
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Charlotte, NC
“The LEAD program focuses on leadership and character development, as well as career and college preparation and 21st century skills. It is a three-year program in which students are recruited at the end of their freshmen year and continue until they graduate. Students meet on a weekly basis to discuss a variety of relevant topics including reducing violence and conflict, building self-esteem and self-awareness and improving academic performance. Students also participate in regular community service projects. Tenth graders partner with the Exceptional Children's department in doing community service with two local non-profits. Eleventh and Twelfth graders in LEAD mentor 4th and 5th grade students at a local elementary school on a bi-monthly basis. Students also have the opportunity to take field trips to local colleges and corporations to explore post-graduation options. Finally, students receive consistent accountability and support at school for their academic and emotional needs.”
Tags: Collaborative Learning, Community Engagement, Culturally Responsive Approaches, Mentorship, Mindfulness, Restorative Practices, Student Leadership & Voice, Students Affected by Suspensions, Students with Disabilities, Teacher, Trauma-Informed