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).

May 14, 2015

Sister Canice Johnson, RSM passed away on Tuesday night after a battle with cancer. She will be dearly missed. We are grateful for Sister Canice, who as Mercy Education Project’s first executive director, took the first step and many steps thereafter to bring a vision of serving women and children in Detroit to life. She touched so many people – as teacher and tutor – and as a leader who invited others into service to be a part of a larger mission and vision. We are inspired by Sister Canice’s compassion in service and passionate advocacy for justice.  Sister...

May 11, 2015

University of Detroit-Mercy's Spring issue of Spiritus Magazine featured an article about Mercy Education Project's Emerging Leader's Summer Program.  Every summer the University of Detroit-Mercy hosts MEP 4 week camp for middle school girls from southwest Detroit.  Find the article here.

April 27, 2015

We were overwhelmed with the response to this year's Doorway to the Future Dinner & Auction that took place on April 16th at Cobo Center in Detroit.  Ranging from heart felt poetry from our high school seniors to riveting remarks from a GED student to the amazingly powerful short film by Antoinette Star Porter featuring her original song "I Found Mercy", the event prominently featured MEP's mission, programs and students.  Also of high emotional interest was the conferring of PHD (Positive attitude; Hard work; Dedication) awards to Felicia Fields, Group VP of HR and Corporate Services for Ford Motor Company; and Sister Canice Johnson, RSM, Founding Director of Mercy Education Project and Detroit Cristo Rey High School....

December 11, 2014


Please check out this 6-minute film, 'Small Miracles Happen Every Day: The Mercy Education Project', which offers a vivid view into the world of MEP.  You will see the dynamism of our women's GED program; the joyful character of our...

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]



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Detroit, MI 48216
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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