December 25, 2016

What does it mean to be a woman? First of all, a woman is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend. The woman is sensitive but also strong. The woman exudes beauty, sensuality, love. There is a woman standing behind any successful man and she experiences every feeling along him.

Women are true heroes who fight for their purposes, who go through life with their heads up and who love to be respected and appreciated. They are good friends and have compassion for each other. They are mothers who fight for their children, who sacrifice themselves for them. Women are the smile, the finesse and the love in this world. They have enormous soul power.

Most of the time, women prefer to ignore ranking themselves as personalities, because...

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...

November 4, 2013

Mercy Education Project is featured in the Crain's Detroit Business 2013 Giving Guide

The support of individuals and corporations is critical to providing educational services at Mercy Education Project.

Thanks goes to Lear for their strong support of Mercy Education Project from the 2013 Giving Guide!




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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