Girls’ Programs

What we do

The After School and Saturday Tutoring Program provides one-to-one, intensive, curriculum-based tutoring in reading and/or math to improve academic performance among girls in 2nd through 12th grade living in Southwest Detroit.  Tutors include retirees, busy professionals, college students and more. Girl's Educational Programs includes College & Career Readiness (CCR) support in the form of ACT/SAT test prep, and weekly workshops for high school 11th and 12th graders. Over spring break we offer an intensive one week of college exploration to any high school girl in southwest Detroit and during the summer we offer the Emerging Leaders Program, a two week enrichment camp for middle school girls focusing on leadership and personal development.

Why we do it

In Detroit, only one-quarter to one-half of high school students graduate, and nearly half of the adult population is considered functionally illiterate. In southwest Detroit, 24 percent of adults do not have a 9th grade education, and more than half did not finish high school. Girls who participate in MEP’s tutoring program are one or more years behind their grade level in reading and/or math, and many live in single-parent families where they also carry significant family responsibilities. MEP provides a safe, supportive environment that reinforces skill development, builds self-esteem and confidence and encourages success.

How we do it

MEP focuses on math and reading improvement with evidenced based, one-to-one tutoring that has been proven to work.  Our tutoring program includes: 

  • Transportation to and from MEP for students in need
  • Educational pre-assessments to determine grade-level, identify achievment gaps and establish a baseline
  • Thoughtful student-to-tutor matching
  • A nutritiuos small meal each evening
  • Thirty minutes of an engaging learning activity each evening before starting the tutoring session
  • Tutoring for a minimum of 60 minutes per session
  • Ongoing assesments throughout the year
  • Post-assessments to measure academic improvement

Periodic Family Nights are held during the program year help to engage parents and caregivers in their child's educational success.


  • 73% of  girls in grades 2-12 who receive tutoring in reading and/or math over the 30 week program period improve by at least one grade level in their subejct of greatest challenge.  
  • All 8th grade students in the tutoring program advance to high school; and all particpating 12th graders have gone on to a college or training program of their choosing.

    Want to enrolL?

Call Angela Hamlar, Girl's Program Manager at 313-963-5881.

Space is limited.  When we reach capacity, students will be placed on a waiting list. 


All girls entering the program must:

  1. Take an online pre-assessment 
  2. Have a parent or guardian who can complete all enrollment paperwork
  3. Provide a copy of their most recent report card
  4. Have a parent or guardian who can provide proof of address (Government ID card, driver's license, bill or bank statement)
  5. Have a parent or guardian who can provide proof of family income (Pay stub, income tax form, Bridge Card, Medicaid Card, SS check/statement, or Disability check/statement) 
  6. Agree to MEP attendance policies and rules