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U-Lead Athens

  • Betina Kaplan
  • Co-Director; Co-Founder
  • (706) 521-4082

Program Description

U-Lead Athens is, in our students' words, United, Unafraid, Undefeated, Unstoppable Leaders. Students and/or their parents are also undocumented or un(der)documented immigrants. Every Thursday night, Clarke County high school students and recent graduates who have lived in the US most of their lives gather to work with volunteer mentors: spectacular students with UGA's Undocumented Student Alliance (USA), faculty from CCSD and UGA, and community members. The Oconee Street United Methodist Church donates the space. Students identify and apply for colleges that will accept students with varying immigration statuses, prepare for standardized tests, and search and apply for scholarships. They plan to work in fields such as biology, engineering, education, heating and air conditioning, medical information technology, international relations, and psychology; they have expertise in music, art, multiple languages, and public speaking. Several are also strong immigration rights activists.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Athens Technical College
  • Berea College
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Delaware State University
  • Denison University
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Kennesaw State University
  • North Georgia Technical College
  • Piedmont College
  • Rhodes College
  • Smith College
  • Stetson University
  • Trinity Washington University
  • University of Georgia
  • Young Harris College