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EVENT: We Believe

Zachary Gayer


I had a teacher in middle school who would often tell us students that he was certain he learned more from his students on a daily basis than we could ever possibly learn from him. At the time, such a bold proclamation seemed like blasphemy.Yet, after spending four years working with Merit and it's FATE program, my views have changed dramatically. 

Working with Merit’s FATE program was one of the singular highlights of my time at the University of Michigan. FATE’s JRLA students are far more than just mentees; they are future world changers, and their passion for learning and their will to excel in and outside of the classroom is increidble. Merit and FATE founder David Merritt once told me “you’re not born with passion.” Passion must be learned and felt, discovered and nurtured. Every single time I am around these students, I watch them discover what their passions truly are. FATE’s mentees are eager to explore the world, and are desperate to find the things in life they truly care about. Watching somebody figure out what they want to do, who they want to be, and how they want to get there is the most fulfilling feeling in the world. They have taught me what it means to truly attack the world with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind, and for this I am eternally grateful.

I can never repay Merit, FATE, my fellow mentors, and certainly the mentees for the experience I’ve had over the last four years. This page, asking for your donation to help make these kids dreams of going to college come true, is the very very least I can do to repay this organization for all it has given me. I can say with absolute confidence that these students give me great hope for the future of Detroit. They are bright, open minded, adventurous, and hilarious all at the same time, It has been the greatest honor getting to know these students over the last four years, and I am ecstatic to watch them as they thrive in universities across the country next year.



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