December 23, 2014

Students like Maria (left) and Alondra (right) are role models here at MEP.  They each work with determination  (Maria in GED studies; Alondra in after-school tutoring) to assure success in school and life. As Maria says, "I never thought I would get to this point in my life".  MEP is seeking year-end donations to benefit the 300 students we work with each year.  You can donate to MEP by pressing the Donate Now button above. Funds are vitally needed to meet many challenges in 2015...

October 29, 2014

For the past few years, MEP has partnered with area companies, places of workship, clubs and civic organizations to assist our GED students at holiday time.  Called "Holiday Shop", this year's event will take place on December 18th and is designed to provide new, small gifts for our students to "shop" among as a reward for good attendance.  Thus, the activity provides much-needed help to our low-income students and their families while encouraging program retention.  If your organization would like to participate, contact Mary E. Madigan at 313-963-5881 or at [email protected]..

July 15, 2014

MEP’s sixth annual Emerging Leaders summer program for at-risk middle school girls got started this week with 35 southwest Detroit girls participating.  Based at the University of Detroit Mercy, the four week program provides girls the opportunity to learn about UDM and other colleges and begin to imagine a future that includes college.  The girls will explore career options and visit local businesses including Strategic Staffing Solutions and Marathon Oil Company.  The program also includes self-esteem and leadership development as well as team-building through activities such as participating in a high ropes course and a team “Olympics”.  As Melanie Ward, Director of MEP’s Girls Programs commented, “We are planting...

June 24, 2014

High school graduation is an important milestone for girls who attend Mercy Education Project’s after-school tutoring program, one worthy of a celebration!  DTE Energy hosted the graduation party on June 17 when we honored Tchinarold and Andrea who had proudly crossed the stage to accept their diplomas from Cristo Rey High School the previous weekend. Both girls started with MEP in elementary school (Andrea in 1st grade!) and both girls have been meeting with their individual tutors, Carrie Budzinski and Chris Allen, for the past five years.  Also honored at the...

June 2, 2014

The Detroit Free Press featured a lead story in the Sunday, June 1, 2014 paper citing the accomplishments of the Reading Works partnership of which MEP is proud to be a part.


May 6, 2014

The CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip van arrived at Mercy Education Project on May 5th with a crew of nine. Kassie talked with the women students about careers, Diego and Adam spoke to staff  and students to learn more about MEP, and the crew took pictures and video. Stay tuned for the link to the CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip video about MEP.

April 1, 2014

Help us improve our Girls' and Womens' programs by participating in the 2014—17 MEP Strategic Plan.  Click on the link below to participate in a brief [10-15 minute] online survey.  This will allow you to provide valuable input on MEP's future.  The survey is totally anonymous and open to all who access this website by the end of the day April 12, 2014.  Thanks for your critical feedback!

Click here to access the survey

November 25, 2013
Mercy Education Project diversifies fundraising, improves programs
Winner; executive director Amy Amador

Crain's Detroit Business, November 25, 2013

By: Sherri Welch

You could say it was serendipity when Mercy Education Project lost two government grants and a third of its annual budget in 2004-05. It began an aggressive push to diversify its funding beyond grants, looking to individuals and new fundraising events with corporate sponsorships.

Link to the article


November 23, 2013

Peet's Coffee & Tea, a premier specialty coffee and tea company, announced the opening of seven store locations in the metro Detroit area. Peet's recognizes responsibility of giving back to its customers and the community. As a commitment to developing enriching communities, Peet's will donate one dollar to Mercy Education Project (MEP) for every customer who visits its Detroit-area stores on the grand opening day, up to five thousand dollars.

Please welcome Peet's Coffee & Tea to metro Detroit and support MEP by visiting one of the locations listed below during their grand opening celebration event!


Peet's Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, 11/23...



Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan Bresler
Director of Development & Marketing
Mercy Education Project

1450 Howard Street
Detroit, MI 48216
Phone:  (313) 963-5881
Fax:  (313) 963-0209
Email: [email protected]

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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