Lion's Pride Mentoring, Inc, named Pride initially, was piloted in
2016 by teacher and education advocate Sean Healy. While
working at Baker College Prep in South Chicago, Healy noticed a
concerning trend in student retention. Although Baker had
outstanding academic results and college acceptance rates, the
school struggled with freshman retention rates, averaging less
Inspired by the University of Chicago's research on the To and
Through initiative, Healy decided it was time to invest in students'
ability to be the change they wished to see in their schools.
Simultaneously, Healy noticed an issue with upperclassmen.
Namely, upperclassmen felt disempowered as leaders in the
school. Lion's Pride sought to solve both of these problems at once. By investing in our upperclassmen student leaders, we developed
essential college and career skills they would need to make a
positive impact in the world.
These leaders then act as positive role models through daily peer mentoring for freshmen, and are able to connect in a completely unique way; this mirror of success helps freshmen create positive identities throughout high school
necessary to achieving their goals.
After Healy identified the problem and solution, the program
made its first hire, Jasmine Gilstrap, who was integral in creating
and executing the curriculum for Lion's Pride. Due to her relentless
pursuit of excellence and results, the program took off. As other
schools heard about Lion's Pride, the program expanded.
Witnessing the pilot program's success at Baker College Prep and
other schools, Healy and Gilstrap decided it was essential to take
the next step. To reach beyond Baker's walls to Chicago's broader
city, Lion's Pride became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in September 2019. Gilstrap and Healy are both tireless advocates in education equity and
through their leadership, Lion's Pride has reached countless students with outstanding results.
The Lion's Pride program model includes resources to support student mentors in guiding their mentee through goal setting and action planning, tutoring, team builders, and our social and emotional learning curriculum. Our school partners receive two curricula, one for development and training of student mentor leadership skills and daily lesson plans/structural components targeted towards student mentee success including academic intervention and social emotional development. To learn more about our program or to bring Lion's Pride to your campus, email us at email@example.com.