November 25, 2015


Every December Fundraiser for Literacy Friday, December 11th, 2015 at 12 p.m. MotorCity Casino Hotel Ballroom

Rochelle Riley's fourth annual Every December Fundraiser  for  Literacy  hosted by Carmen Harlan will honor Mercy Education Project and our efforts in adult literacy in Detroit. For more information visit...

October 23, 2015

Now through Friday, December 11th, Mercy Education Project will be collecting new gifts for the students in our Women's Literacy & GED Program and Girls' After-School Tutoring Program.

Every December Mercy Education Project helps to brighten the holiday season for the women and girls in our programs by hosting gift giving programs.  The gifts provide extra motivation and reward for a successful start to the school year.

Recruit your book club, church group, co-workers or family to collect new gifts  and...

October 8, 2015

Every year Mercy Education Project honors female leaders from across metro Detroit with a P.H.D. Award at the annual Doorway to the Future Dinner & Auction.
MEP's PHD honors the Positive impact, Hard work and Dedication of women who have:

  • achieved professional excellence,
  • demonstrated a commitment to serving others, and
  • inspired women and girls to achieve.

Nominating a woman you know enters you in a drawing to win two tickets to our 10th Annual Doorway to the Future Dinner & Auction...

September 30, 2015


Thank you to the 150 guests who attended the upbeat Irish Music Event this past Sunday organized by Rosa Tinetti, with the charitable donation of Gaelic League concert venue as well as donated musical talents of Inis Ceol and Jam Rocks.  Nearly $4,000 was raised in support of our mission.  Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful support!

August 5, 2015

On July 20th, 2015, MEP was honored to have local television personality Lila Lazarus serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the 22nd Annual Side-by-Side Golf Outing Dinner & Auction. Lazarus had previously served as guest speaker for the Women’s Program 2014 Graduation Ceremony. She described it as an incredibly moving and memorable moment in her career.

Lazarus has worked as an anchor and health reporter for three decades. Her professional accomplishments include covering Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in South Africa and receiving many journalism awards, including multiple Emmys. She has...

June 24, 2015

As has been done on the third Monday in July for the past 22 years, the venerable Side-by-Side Golf Outing at Walnut Creek Country Club on July 20th will bring together supporters of our educational model for at-risk girls and women for friendly competition, sumptuous dinner and auction, exciting games, and comradery on a beautiful world-class golf course.  Several sponsorships and foursomes are still available.  For more information, contact Mary Madigan at 313-963-5881 or to sponsor / register online,...

June 16, 2015

Are you a girl in 6th, 7th or 8th grade?

Do you live in Southwest Detroit?

Do you want to learn about college and careers while having fun this summer?

Then come to Mercy Education Project's FREE summer program!


Activities include: leadership development, college campus tours, career exploration, team building, community service projects and weekly field trips.


When: July 7- July 31, Tuesday - Friday

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Where: University Detroit Mercy


Please contact Kaitlin Popielarz to enroll at (313)963-5881 or...

June 1, 2015

Mercy Education Project’s Board of Directors has adopted a 3-year strategic plan beginning in fiscal year 2015-2016. The plan represents the culmination of over a year's work in gathering and analyzing data in the strategic planning process. In 2014, data to inform the plan’s priorities was gathered through interviews and focus groups with students, volunteers, and staff and a survey of stakeholders.

The strategic plan focuses on the following themes: Integration of life and career skills to support transitions to college and careers; Partnerships to effectively serve MEP students, especially those with limited English skills; Continuous improvement of outcomes through improved data systems; Development of a renewable...

May 29, 2015


Melanie Ward resigned in May from MEP to seek new challenges assisting girls in college and career aspirations.

Melanie had been with MEP for eight years, most recently as the Director of Girls' Programs.  Under her leadership, the number of girls in the after-school tutoring program expanded from 40 to 85 each year and the variety of programs to assist them multiplied significantly. Among her achievements were: expansion of the after-school tutoring program into high school,  Spring Break College Camp, Emerging Leaders Middle School Camp, ACT preparation classes, and...

May 18, 2015

Mercy Education Project was featured with our literacy partner, Reading Works, on American Black Jounral on Detroit Public Television with host Stephen Henderson. 

You can watch the episode online now.  The program will also be aired on Wednesday, May20 at 7:30 p.m. on WTVS (Ch.56) and Saturday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. on WTVS (World Channel 56.2).



Media inquiries, please contact:

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.


"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