JRLA Enrichment

JRLA Enrichment

For JRLA scholars to be truly college-bound, holistic development of key Academic Mindsets and Soft Skills cannot end when the final bell rings. With that in mind and in alignment with Lever Two of the JRLA Board Strategic Plan, JRLA requires all scholars to earn additional Enrichment Credit in order to be promoted or to graduate. To support scholars in earning this credit, we offer a robust and diverse series of extracurricular programs and activities designed to intentionally cultivate key non-cognitive capacities and soft skills linked to a variety of improved life outcomes. Both short-term and longitudinal studies demonstrate the power of such programming to improve scholar academic performance in the short and long terms. In particular, continued involvement in a particular activity is a strong predictor of college graduation.


Enrichment Programs: Enrichment Programs are designed for a high degree of scholar participation and skill development over the course of one or more years. They are objective-based, organized, consistent, and well-executed, with a clear mission and high expectations. There are attendance protocols, and pre/post programming follow-up. There are three main type of programs: JRLA-Driven, External Partnerships, and Independent Programming. 

Confirmed 17-18 Programs
Speech & Debate (McGivern) 
Jaguar Chess Program (Markiewicz) 
Jaguar Robotics Program (Vellum
Give Merit FATE Mentoring  (Bueckendorf) 
PILOT Leadership Program (Bueckendorf) 
Jaguar Green Team (Pankowski) 
Univ. of Detroit-Mercy STEP Up Mentoring (Bueck) 
Scholar Government (Sullivan/Bueckendorf)
Drama Program (Mandigo) 
DEC Career Readiness Academy (Bueckendorf) 
The Original Dreamers Mentoring Program (Khan) 
Summer Learning Adventure Program (Adams)
Morning Warrior (Jones/Tenbusch/Adams)
Jaguar Strike Team (Clarke/Clanton) 
Girls Volleyball (Hassevoort/Grow) 
Boys Soccer (Harzula/Bueckendorf)
Boys Basketball (North) 
Boys & Girls Track & Field (Harzula/Robinson)

Enrichment Activities: Enrichment Activities mirror Programs in terms of organization and expectations, but can take place within a school year, and allow scholars to explore diverse areas of interest and develop a sense of curiosity and camaraderie with peers who share similar interests, profiles, or hobbies.


Confirmed 17-18 Activities 
Book Club (Bueckendorf)
Arts & Poetry Club (Founas)
Drama Club (Mandigo)
Music Club (Jones)