A Cause Worth Investing In

In Michigan, nearly 11,000 young people drop out of high school every year. Without a diploma, they are 59% more likely to be unemployed, more than twice as likely to live in poverty, and 63 times more likely to be incarcerated. Moreover, 74% of the jobs in Michigan require a minimum of a high school education. And, as Michigan employers struggle to find talent, nearly 10% of our emerging workforce has already taken themselves out of the game annually.

As it stands, Michigan ranks in the bottom half of all states on graduation and youth unemployment rates. For us, that’s a statistic worth changing.

Our Mission & Vision

We’re on a mission to equip young people with the skills to overcome barriers and win in education, employment, and as citizens.
We envision a world where every young person is educated, employed, and career-bound.

Our Values

Collaboration

Our unique partnership model is the hallmark of our continued success. We’ve never worked alone, and we never will. As an organization, we deliver wider-reaching and more sustainable impact when we work together. That’s why we value collaboration, not competition. In the classroom, we’re a family – we build each other up and have each others’ backs.

Excellence

From achieving excellent outcomes on behalf of young people to delivering excellent customer service to our partners, we focus on excellence in all that we do. Good is never good enough when young people’s lives are on the line. Striving for more is ingrained into our programs. We don’t stop until our young people are successful.

Leadership

Michigan’s education and workforce systems need strong leaders to drive transformational change. That’s why we continually invest in the growth of our people with the goal to inspire others to meaningful outcomes. Moreover, we’re always developing the next generation of youth to lead Michigan’s economy into the future.

Solution-Focused

We’re always searching for new opportunities that will lead to more young people graduating, gaining employment, and beginning down the path towards a career. When someone says it isn’t possible, we pride ourselves on being the team that figures it out. Our solutions help young people choose opportunities over obstacles, empowering them to embark on a path to self-sustainability.