Girls’ Programs

What we do

The Afterschool Girls’ Tutoring Program provides one- to- one intensive curriculum based tutoring in reading or math to improve academic performance among girls in 2nd through 12th grade living in Southwest Detroit. Tutors include retirees, teachers, busy professionals, and college students.

The Girls’ Program includes College & Career Readiness (CCR) for girls in 11th and 12th grade to prepare for successful transition to higher education.  We offer support in the form of weekly structured college ready curriculum lessons, ACT/SAT test prep, guest speakers, and a spring break college tour week.

During the summer we offer the Emerging Leaders Camp, a two week enrichment camp for middle school girls currently enrolled in tutoring.  The theme of the camp changes each year with emphasis on leadership, personal development, college and career readiness, and STEAM.

Why we do it

In Detroit, nearly half of the adult population is considered functionally illiterate.  In Southwest Detroit, 20% of adults do not have a 9th grade education and about 46% of entering freshman did not finish high school.  Girls who participate in MEP’s tutoring program are at least one or more years behind their grade level in reading and or math. MEP provides a safe, nurturing environment that reinforces skill development, builds self- esteem, 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 weekly tutoring program includes:

  • Transportation to and from MEP for students in our transportation boundary
  • Pre-assessments to determine achievement gaps and establish a baseline
  • Thoughtful student-to-tutor matching
  • A nutritious meal
  • Twenty minutes of an engaging learning activity each evening before the start of tutoring
  • Sixty minutes of one-to one tutoring in math or reading with a trained tutor
  • Ongoing assessments throughout the year
  • Post assessments to measure academic improvement
  • Field Trips
  • Family engagement activities


  • 100% of girls in grades 2-12 who receive tutoring in reading or math over the program period demonstrate progress.
  • All 8th grade students in the tutoring program advance to high school
  • All participating 12 graders are accepted to a college or university of their choosing

Want to enrolL?

Contact Angela Hamlar, Girls’ Program Manager at 313-963-5881.

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

All girls entering the program must:

  1. Take a pre-assessment
  2. Have a parent or guardian who can complete all 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 )
  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