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May Thao is learning important life and job readiness skills while planning for her future. Her career mentor is helping her along the way.

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  May Thao is a senior at Pontiac Academy for Excellence and in the third year of our Workforce Prep program. With help from her career mentor, Lida Kuehne, supplier quality development at General Motors, May has developed some important decision-making skills and is preparing for her future. May met … Read More »

Denzel Lane wants to be a veterinarian or car design engineer. With help from his career mentor, he’ll figure it out.

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  Denzel Lane is a 16-year-old student at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. He recently completed his first year (10th grade) in our Workforce Prep program and an internship at General Motors. He’s motivated and thriving. As a student in our program, Denzel was matched with local businessman Phillip … Read More »

Mohammad Zaman is in our College Success Mentoring program and on his way to becoming a user experience designer.

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  Mohammad Zaman is entering his senior year at Michigan State University (MSU), working towards a Bachelor of Science in computer science and his dream of becoming a user experience designer. He’s focused, motivated, and doing quite well; but it hasn’t always been like this for Mohammad. “I was a … Read More »

Career Mentors: How Monica Labe helped Lourin Younan achieve her dream.

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Monica listened intently to an anxious high school student who described a “rudderless” feeling hanging over her like a cloud. The student was worried about not knowing what to do after graduation or how to begin the college search process. Monica knew she could help. This is a common scenario … Read More »

Dreams are worth supporting.

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In 2021, we launched our pilot College Success Mentoring program (CSM) for students who completed our high school program and are now enrolled in community colleges, universities, trade schools, or apprenticeships. In the CSM program, students are paired with a college success mentor for monthly one-hour video calls and discussion … Read More »

Tim Mailley, Global Head of Ford Business at Yazaki North America, Joins Board of Directors

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  We are honored to welcome Tim Mailley, vice president – global head of Ford business unit at Yazaki North America, to our Board of Directors. “There’s very little that separates people, but circumstances and available resources can make a difference,” said Mailley. “I’m inspired by the opportunity to be part … Read More »

2022 Corks & Forks a Smash Hit!

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Our annual Corks & Forks gala was a smash hit this year! After a brief COVID-related hiatus, we returned to The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham on March 12 where we were joined by a sold-out crowd of 200 guests. The event was chaired by Pete Hockey, global commodity director – … Read More »

Celebrating our Awesome Mentors this National Mentoring Month

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National Mentoring Month brings us the opportunity to recognize the power of one-on-one relationships that help young people find and follow their passions, identify interesting career paths, and pursue their dreams.  While our mentors all come from the Metro Detroit community and represent a wide range of industries, there’s one common thread … Read More »

Student Spotlight: Thai Morris, Entrepreneur and Full-Time Web Developer

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When Thai Morris, web developer at Walker-Miller Energy Services, graduated from Cass Tech in 2014, he had a plan and a strong passion for computer programing. Did he know that he would continue on to become an entrepreneur and full-time web developer? Maybe. But what he didn’t know is that … Read More »

Todd Kennedy, Vice President Global GM Seating at Lear, Joins Board of Directors

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We are pleased to announce that Todd Kennedy has joined our Board of Directors. Todd is the vice president global GM seating at Lear. “Being a father, I understand the importance and desire to prepare teens to be self-sufficient, productive members of the community. Through education and mentoring we can … Read More »