CLD’s 13-week Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project graduates 150

Minority students from across central Indiana complete evidenced-based program that broadens career opportunities, college admissions, and boosts scholarships

INDIANAPOLIS – May 2, 2018 – The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) honored 150 minority students during a graduation ceremony held at the storied Crispus Attucks High School on Wednesday night.  Parents, guardians, family members, and friends packed the school’s historic auditorium and filled the air with cries of congratulations and encouragement. The personal pride in the faces of the graduates as they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas spoke volumes.

The CLD Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project is a rigorous and life-changing 13-week experience where participants acquire the knowledge and skills sets that enhance their ability to become self-sufficient college graduates or professionals in their chosen career occupations. Data analysis suggests CLD’s Self-Discovery graduates tend to achieve better academic outcomes while in high school and during their post-secondary educational experiences.

The Center for Leadership Development’s President, Dennis E. Bland, a 1982 CLD graduate said, “We are making a positive difference in the lives of so many.  CLD’s board of directors, administration, and staff, and I have a bold vision for Indianapolis’ minority youth and the city. We are striving to empower hundreds more youth across our city to help them excel in school, their careers, and life.” President Bland added, “Character Development, Educational Excellence, Leadership Effectiveness, Community Service, and Career Achievement are attributes that will serve our 2018 graduates well throughout their careers and lives.”