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Causes: Adult Education, Children & Youth, Economic Development, Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Urban & Community Economic Development, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Mercy Education Project provides educational opportunities, life skills development, and cultural enrichment for women and girls who have limited access to resources to enable them to improve the quality of their lives.

Results: 100% of our GED graduates entered college, job training, and/or full employment since 2007.  Over 90% of the women who complete the program will obtain the GED. Girls in our tutoring program make an average of over one grade level improvement in reading and math each year.

Target demographics: We serve low-income women ages 18 and over and at-risk girls in Detroit with a special emphasis on southwest Detroit.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300

Geographic areas served: Detroit, MI

Programs: Girls' programs: mercy education project provided 9,363 hours of remedial, curriculum-based after-school tutoring in reading and math and/or enrichment services to 151 at-risk girls in grades 1 through 12 from low-income households. Youth improved by 1. 6 grade levels in math. Act scores increased on average as compared to prior tests or practice tests by 1. 2 to 1. 8 points on 4 subtests.

women's programs: mercy education project provided 27,039 hours of adult literacy, adult basic education, ged preparation, educational assessments, and/or life and workforce skills development to 167 women; 16 women attained the ged. Over 82% of students with pre- and post-tests improved by a grade level or more or attained the ged.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Mercy Edication Project for the last eight years. It is awesome to watch these women who come from impoverished backgrounds working very hard to educate themselves to pass the GED. MEP gives them classes, tutoring, and the inspiration they need to stay focused on their education. I love seeing their happy faces when they pass the GED and are able to graduate. I also love watching the girls, grades first through 12th grade, working hard to increase their academic skills. It's heartwarming seeing the girls each working with their tutors. Now that MVP has a robotics team, It's amazing to watch this all-girl team show off the robot they have created. Most of the girls on the robotics team have now developed an interest in engineering. Think of that. Poor and at risk girls now imagining them selves going to college and getting an engineering degree. It's wonderful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first drawn to MEP because of their mission to help with the education of girls and young woman. Once I became a Tutor I also saw the importance MEP also placed on developing the girls self esteem and social skills through their after school program. I was also impressed with the importance MEP placed on using a strong curriculum, which allows me to work at the girls level in a structured manner.

It is so rewarding to watch these young girls become driven young woman!

Nicole M.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an after school girls tutor I have absolutely loved working with MEP and see on a weekly basis the effects of their great work on each student and within the Southwest Detroit region.
Its amazing to be a part of an organization that is so dedicated to the girls and women of an undeserved community, and seeing how the care of MEP effects each student in a positive way. I've never seen a group of more dedicated girls striving to further their education and lives post High School.

MimiX3

Donor

Rating: 5

In our annual review of donations for non profits, my husband and I have Mercy Education Project at the top of our list. We recognize that Mercy Education Project is small, but the impact it has on women and young girls in the Detroit community is commendable. For over twenty five years, Mercy Education Project has welcomed students to the world of learning with dedicated staff and amazing volunteers from the Metro community. All are focused on helping every woman and girl develop self respect, experience diversity, achieve personal academic goals and prepare for the next levels of school or the job market. We have attended the GED graduation ceremonies, and we leave inspired by these women who came to Mercy Education with a dream of passing the GED. However, they leave with so much more than a certificate of accomplishment. These graduates have social graces, respect for others and confidence to aspire to bigger goals and achievements. Mercy Education Project has a small footprint in Detroit. it needs more corporate and endowment donors to help that footprint make a larger impact on women and children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Respect. Challenge. Support. Team work. Four action words that keep me volunteering at Mercy Education Project. These words interplay among the staff and the women students we teach and tutor.
For some of our students, they are experiencing these concepts for the first time. As they follow their studies at MEP, the women not only learn to respect themselves but others. They not only challenge themselves but challenge and support each other. Teachers, volunteers, and students work together. Diversity naturally happens at MEP. Appreciating everyone's unique gifts is a learning experience.
My favorite moments at MEP have been the mornings our students receive the news that classmates have succeeded on a GED test. There is cheering, tears, and congratulations from all. That is teamwork and the MEP family enjoying success.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the last 10 years at Mercy Education Project because I value education and wish to give back because others had helped with my education. The program helps girls in grades 2-12 in English or Math. They train you in the programs we tutor the girls in and we don't have to be teachers to provide help. The board of directors, staff and Sisters of Mercy are all dedicated to making a great program to provide help for at-risk girls. A GED program for women is also provided during the day.

Over the years I've seen how the program has grown in both talent and technology. I originally heard about the program through communications at my workplace, DTE Energy. Without the support of the numerous corporate sponsors this program would not be around.

I was able to tutor my first student from 1st - 5th grade which is probably what cemented my soul to the organization. It is a thrill to see someone you help progress in growth and confidence. Interacting with the students and other tutors definitely makes my day. Because of how well the program is run and my heartfelt desire to help, I also contribute monetarily. I know they run on a shoestring budget and my little part helps with their progressive goals. I love that they have summer camps for the girls and a robotics program that has won nationally.

What a great organization residing in Corktown, Detroit!

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe that helping women and girls succeed is key to improving families. MEP does an incredible job of educating women and girls who have been failed by traditional education. Their success is impressive and their graduates make me proud to be a supporter.

Shannon B.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with MEP for years and absolutely love the experience. Tutoring for the girls program is easy and so rewarding - MEP prepares curriculum based on state standards with exercises tailored to each girl's progress. As a tutor, I was given all the tools I needed (including educational games when we needed a break) to help the child I was working with succeed and catch up to grade level. The stories these girls have are so incredible, and they work so hard while overcoming so many obstacles.

My time working with them has proven to me that theirs is a cause worth donating to!

Donor

Rating: 5

Mercy Education Project does an amazing job creating personalized education for low-income girls and women in Detroit. I've been both a volunteer and donor (as an individual and as a company through Trinity Health) and it's time and money well spent. It's well run and funds raised are used efficiently at this lean organization. The staff members are organized and passionate about the work they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

MEP is an incredible organization that truly helps women and girls, with their educational and career goals. I chose to donate to MEP because they use every dollar wisely. The teachers and volunteer tutors are so committed and focused on providing exactly what each woman and every girl needs, at her specific step in her journey. Education is critical to raising up our cities and Southwest Detroit sure needs these resources. Women and families are calling all the time to enroll. Girls are staying in school, graduating, and earning college acceptances, usually the first one in their family! Without MEP, the cycle of poverty continues unabated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Mercy Education Project when I transplanted to Detroit and wanted to become involved with supporting the positive growth of this resurging city. In a city where so many households are led by women, Mercy Education Project does the important work of supporting Detroit women in achieving their GED to advance their careers, their families, and their communities. This organization provide personalized instruction and support to aspiring women striving for their GED to use as a bridge to advancement. Futher Mercy Education provides tutoring support to Detroit girls through grade school and high school, college readiness support to high school students, and opportunities for girls to participate in STEM robotics activities. This organization is committed to the women and girls in Detroit and is supported by dedicated volunteers who recognize and want to participate in the important work of Mercy Education Project.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I encountered Mercy Education Project through a friend, who has supported MEP for years. We provided a course to their GED candidates to help them learn more about themselves and how that knowledge would help empower them on their next phase of life, after achieving their GED. During that course, I found that MEP truly helps women (and girls) get to their full potential in a nuturing and kind way. The women MEP supports are wonderful women and we all need to support them and help them achieve a life for themselves and their families that will create strength in the Detroit community.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Mercy Education Project is making a difference in the lives of women & girls through education. Volunteers & staff bridge the gaps and raise self-esteem. Many women are now coming back to mentor & help others in the community. Empowering women through education will bring positive changes in individuals, families, neighborhood s, cities, and the world. This non profit is doing great things everyday!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mercy Education Project is an incredible organization. They take great care to create an environment filled with love, learning, good food, clear expectations, and plenty of support. I've volunteered for many different organizations before and I've never been prouder or happier to volunteer for MEP.

The staff are warm, smart, and competent. You can see their commitment to the girls, the women, and the volunteers in everything they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered the last two years at MEP. I have seen the amazing difference this organization makes on the student's life (both academically and personally).

MEP provides a clean, safe and comfortable environment for students to learn.

The curriculum is tailored to each individual based on entrance tests. The student is challenged just enough to continue to learn at a slow and steady pace. This method builds a students self-esteem. There are computers for the students to use as well as many books and learning games.

The students eat together which gives them a sense of family with their fellow students. They get some play time to blow off steam before their tutor session. They are bused to and from their tutor session. MEP does everything possible to position the student for success.

The staff is great and genuinely care about each student. It's easy to tell they put their heart and soul into what they do each and every day.

Students that need tutoring are lucky to be enrolled at MEP.

Carrie51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE MEP. It's my favorite thing to do every week. I volunteer two days a week and work with the teen program. It's so rewarding and I ADORE the girls. They are smart, sweet and fun to be with. Melanie coordinates the program and does a fabulous job! China helps with the girls/teens and is so important to the program. Everyone is very helpful and friendly and there is a gated parking lot so free parking with no worries!

Sarah51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering as a tutor/teacher with MEP on and off since 2007. It is an outstanding charity that makes a very real difference for the women and girls they help. What is so important and impressive about this organization is the energy they spend on each individual student; they make sure that her needs are being met as she goes through the program and does not get left behind. I volunteer with the Women's Program whenever I can because I feel like I help them make a difference in people's lives each and every day. The women in the program are amazing. They work so hard for the goals they have set for themselves; they are truly inspiring. And the sense of community and camaraderie throughout Mercy Ed is contagious!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mercy Education Project provides a supportive environment for the women and girls who participate in its programs. When you walk through the door at MEP you sense the inviting and calm atmosphere that allows its students to blossom in ways they may not have experienced before. The staff members constantly look for ways to improve their programs and services to better meet the needs of the women and girls of Southwest Detroit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with MEP for three years as a tutor. I have always found the organization to be well organized, effective and a strong presence in the community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Mercy Education Project is both an academic and emotional support hub. The most effective nonprofit I’ve been associated with. It matches the right curriculum with the right student and the right tutor so the girls really improve each year—and the girls grow to love reading or math instead of hating it. The students speak of MEP in such loving words, they must be gaining the student's trust as well as their admiration.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mercy Education Project is a great organization making a difference in Southwest Detroit. I teach a math class for women studying to get their GEDs, and it's incredible to see the strides they're capable of making when they get the attention and small-group help that MEP offers. I also work with the girls in after-school tutoring, sweet and intelligent young ladies who all advance at least one grade level each year while at MEP.