GEARup2READ Book Drive

Heroic Readers become Heroic Leaders

Let's Finish Strong!

Join the Mission in March by donating to the GEARup2READ Book Drive.

We are closing out the month of March on a mission to help collect books for families in Flint, MI with a heroic message!

The Mission

Looking for a way to give back to Flint and Genesee County during this unfortunate time in our great city's history? There is no better way to develop our future leaders than giving them the opportunity to read about heroic people and heroic actions.

If you choose to accept this mission, you and your team/school/business/organization will join other heroic leaders within Flint and Genesee County to collect children's books with a heroic message to give to local families.

With the help of our partners, Barnes and Noble of Flint, Brandon Publishing, The Crim Fitness Foundation, The Flint & Genesee Literacy Network, The Whiting, and The Flint Public Library, the books that are donated during the month of March will be given to local families in Flint and Genesee County. Each title on our list of heroic children's books, teaches about developing a Growth Mindset, building Empathy, taking Action, and accepting Responsibility.

How Can You Get Involved?

various ways to join the mission!


  • Purchase books online. See the suggested Heroic Books to Purchase: list of heroic books to purchase
  • Go into Barnes and Noble in Flint and ask for the GEARup2READ book list and purchase books.
  • Donate here and let our heroic partner, Barnes and Noble do the shopping.


Want to order books online and ship to GEARup2LEAD?

GEARup2LEAD

601 S. Saginaw St.

Flint, MI 48502

GEARup2READ Kickoff at Barnes and Noble with Kelvin Torbert & Kellen Brandon

Friday, March 4th, 7pm

Barnes & Noble, Flint, MI, United States

Flint, MI

7:00 p.m.

Story time and meet and greet with authors Kelvin Torbert and Kellen Brandon.

*All proceeds from KT and Radical Roundball goes to the Brandon Publishing School Reading Takeover in March!

Our interview on NBC 25

Our Heroic Partners

Heroic Literacy Agents Participating in the GEARup2READ Book Drive

  • Swartz Creek High School and Academy
  • St. John Fenton
  • Flint Hamady
  • Flint Southwestern
  • Coyote Ridge Elementary School in Glendale, AZ.
  • Mott Community College
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GEARup2LEAD

Educating and inspiring youth and adults to be heroic leaders within their community.

2016 GEARup2LEAD Fall Conference

Friday, Oct. 7th, 9am-2pm

1241 East Kearsley Street

Flint, MI

Speakers include (as of 2/9/16):

Christian Moore, founder of WhyTry? and author of The Resilience Breakthrough

Tauzzari Robinson, local hero and executive director of The Boys and Girls Club of Flint


More exciting news to come soon!