Over the next month, we’ll be sharing with you all sorts of fun facts and stories about our organization and how we’re contributing to Detroit’s comeback! But first, I want to catch everyone up on what we’ve been doing during the past year.
Simply put, 2013 was a year of great growth for our organization.
In the spring, we developed and launched a series of college preparation workshops across the City of Detroit. These workshops – which last for a few hours and for Detroiters of all ages – were a big step forward for us, because they allowed us to help individuals outside of our traditional demographic learn about college. To be sure, helping high school students will always remain our focus. Yet, we still believe that everyone in the City of Detroit deserves free and easy access to information about higher education – from young teens to working adults. These workshops are a way to carry out that philosophy and to expand the number of people our organization helps.
This past summer was eventful for us as well. In June, we were awarded our first grant, which was used to fund a 12-week college preparation program for high school students from Osborn High School on Detroit’s east side. This was the third 12-week program we’ve run since our founding in 2011, and it definitely was our most successful. I give a lot of credit to our staff, who applied lessons learned from previous programs to make our Osborn program a resounding success. I also give a lot of credit to the students, who, as I mentioned in an earlier blog post, displayed an abundance of determination this past summer. I’m very proud of how hard they worked and there’s no doubt in my mind that they’re now well positioned for college success.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Osborn program, stay tuned, because I’ll be posting some of our results from the program throughout the course of this fundraiser.
Compared to the rest of the year, Fall was quiet, but it was still very productive. We continued to help our Osborn students with their college applications. Many have already gotten accepted into some great schools such as Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, University of Michigan Dearborn, Alcorn State University, Northern Michigan University, University of Toledo, Central State University Bowling Green State University, and more. In addition to helping the students, we also have spent a great deal of time interviewing and hiring new instructors for the next year.
Speaking of which, I would like to close by briefly talking about our plans for 2014. Next year, our goal is to run four 12-week college preparation programs in the City. This will help up to 48 talented, young Detroiters prepare for college success. Additionally, we also want to keep running workshops in the City as the opportunities present themselves. Each workshop helps numerous students and working adults learn about their higher education options. In the end, every program and workshop we run presents an opportunity to change someone’s life and make Detroit a better place.
I hope as we begin this holiday season, you consider a donation to Excellence for Detroit.