Need Help? Student Support Resources

Find a variety of resources to help students with: students struggling with school work; applying for college; job readiness. Includes classes, mentoring, counseling, tutoring, etc.

Focus On… College Planning & Preparation Support

Advise MI – Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), providing counselors trained to enter high schools and support low income, first-generation students looking to apply for college, and exploring their options.

College Affordability Workshops for Parents – Workshops for parents from Education Planning Resources Co. on how to afford college, along with resources for college selection and application. Other counseling resources available.

EnACT – ACT and SAT prep, private tutoring, college advising and scholarship boot camps for students.

Michigan GEAR Up – A federal grant model program aimed at helping low-income students for success in post-secondary education, including career counseling; college admission overview; college financing.

STEM Bridge – Focus Hope’s one-year college preparatory program that is designed for students that are underprepared but capable of attending post-secondary education.

Upward Bound – Wayne State University program that provides a program of instruction, tutoring, academic and career guidance, personal counseling, and residential life to potential first-generation, college-bound students in Detroit high schools.

Focus On…Mentoring Programs

Academic All Stars – Americorps provides volunteers to train High School students to mentor incoming freshman, or they find adult volunteers to serve as career mentors in schools that demonstrate need based on academic needs or financial needs of students.

Bing Youth Institute – Mentoring program serving young men of color, supporting academic, behavioral and social wellness.

City Year Detroit – Near-peer mentors serving under-served schools to help students at risk of drop out.

Winning Futures – Mentors prepare students to have successful careers and personal lives through the development of character.

Focus On…Academic, Life Skills, & Work Readiness Programs

21st Century After School Program – A federal/state funded Youth Development Commission program in Detroit serving students in high poverty/low performing schools grades 4-8. Program provides tutoring, enrichment activities, academic support in reading/math.

Beyond Basics – Services Detroit Schools by providing tutoring and supplemental programs in reading, writing, art.  Also mentoring is available.

Black Family Development – Restoring our Youth – Provides training in programs that can change behavior to be more positive.  Support in math, reading, financial literacy, health also available.

CARES – Career Awareness and Readiness Equals Success (CARES) is Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) work readiness and career awareness training program.

Coaching for College – Program through the Youth Development Commission focuses on academic achievement and character development of student athletes, to help them prepare for the next level.

Focus Hope’s Ready, Set, Go – Training programs teaching behavior skills, along with math and reading skills – ages 16-18.

Flip the Script – Counseling and workforce development services from Goodwill Industries for low-income students, ages 16-30.  Career training also available.

Junior Achievement of SE Michigan – Provides programs K-12 that foster work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Pathways to Jobs in Detroit – Connecting Disconnected Youth – LIFT Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow provides workplace readiness and technical skills training to disconnected youth.

SER Metro Youth Build Construction Institute – combines education, occupational skills and leadership development and community service activities that will prepare students for career and post-secondary learning opportunities.

SER Metro Year Round Youth Program – comprehensive year round program for youth ages 14-18 – tutoring, academic enrichment, mentoring, career counseling, etc.

Wayne County Foster Care Summer Youth Employment Program – provides work readiness and financial literacy training to youth in foster care.

Wayne Metro’s Employment Training Programs  Offered at no cost to residents of Out-Wayne County experiencing homelessness, and are designed to help improve job readiness and skills. 

Work Readiness Program – Goodwill Industries training program for individuals 18 and older, for those who have trouble finding or keeping a job. Individuals are assigned a Case manager/Job Coach and Workforce Development specialist.

Youth Career Center– The Center is a Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) program linking Detroit residents ages 16-24 to education, training, and a future career.