MEP High School Students Win Big: Ford City:One Challenge

It was another big week for Mercy Education Project! Nine students from our high school College and Career Readiness (CCR) program recently spent an evening celebrating their proposed transportation kiosk submitted to the City:One Project sponsored by Ford Motor Company and administered by the City of Detroit. 

Along with two other great teams, our students will split a $250,000 prize and will build their transportation kiosk in the next 6-8 months. More than 164 project proposals were submitted before the selection committee chose 12 finalists. The twelve finalists worked with Ford mentors to refine their proposals and pitches before the three winners were selected. The MEP Rock City Mobility stations will increase access to information and provide mobility options to residents of southwest Detroit. Each station will feature a kiosk stocked with signage, maps, bus schedules, parking information and more. Outside the kiosk will be a central location for various modes of transportation, including bike-sharing, scooter and ride-sharing services.

We can't wait to see our high school students actualize a project they have already put so much effort into. Along the way, we hope to keep you updated on their progress. Watch for Rock City Mobility Stations in southwest Detroit later this year!

You can check out more coverage in Crain's Detroit Business and the Detroit Free Press. And you can check out Ford Motor Company's official press release here

 

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

 

"Education is an opportunity and can be transformational for our most vulnerable communities; especially those, like us, working tirelessly in search of the American Dream. Programs like Mercy Education Project have successfully removed those barriers for many and have educated our women and girls and is transforming their lives."

JoAnn Chávez, Vice President Legal & Chief Tax Officer
DTE Energy, August 2017

 

"….Literacy is a fundamental right and an essential building block for a productive life. Increasing adult literacy also ensures more parents can be engaged in their children’s education, ,making this a cause  critical to helping families break the cycle of poverty. Thank you to Mercy Education Project for their tireless efforts to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn to read. Together, I know we are making a difference.”

Warren C. Evans, Wayne County Executive
Wayne County, December 2016