As a first generation college student, I have learned the true value of education, especially a post-secondary education. I believe that no matter what the circumstances of a student are, with different opportunities, mentors, and experiences they can become the people that they want to be in the world.
For almost three years I have been a part of the Merit FATE Mentoring program as a mentor for twenty-two students at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. I have seen growth in their confidence, goals, and self-awareness as a result of being apart of this great program. I have to admit that as a fellow Detroiter, I was EXTREMELY excited to work directly with students from my hometown, and just few minutes away from my neighborhood.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with the now JRLA Seniors thus far! The Merit FATE Mentoring Program has proved to be the place for students at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy to grow, learn, and prosper into the World Class Citizens that they are! Everyone is placed on this Earth to serve a purpose, so help the JRLA Students in their journey to finding theirs!!!!!