Kelly's Comments: Making College a Reality

A representative from Walsh College visits with the students in the Girls' After-School Tutoring Program.


Making College a Reality

By: Kelly Cousins, Director of Girls' Program Services

We want to empower our girls with a choice.  Not everyone needs to go to college to be successful and happy.  However, it is my belief that everyone should be presented the option to go to college.  And not just the option, but the tools and resources to make that option a reality. And not just the tools, but also the research that shows how college is affecting one’s ability to find a good paying job.  During this current economic recovery, “97% of good jobs added… went to college graduates.”  Not only are the college graduates getting the jobs, but according to the Pew Research Center “the disparity in economic outcomes between college graduates and those with a high school diploma or less formal schooling has never been greater in the modern era… Millennial college graduates ages 25-32 who are working full time earn more annually- about $17,500 more- than employed young adults holding only a high school diploma.”




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Mercy Education Project

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Detroit, MI 48216
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Here are some recent comments from community members, volunteers, students and others who are commenting on Mercy Education Project.

"There is no more important work being done than that of Mercy Education Project, which is helping to craft the lives of future women leaders. I am so proud to be a part of its mission and purpose. MEP deserves the support of the entire state."

Rochelle Riley, Columnist and Author
Detroit Free Press

"We can't support every good cause, but Mercy Education Project achieves such profound academic results within its small budget …its programs must be sustained.  Too many young girls and women are in need of MEP’s services – they are counting on us.”

Denise Starr, Director of Human Resources
City of Detroit