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12 July 2009
This is our monthly email discussing news relating to The Detroit College Promise, our scholarship program that is revitalizing the Detroit Public Schools and the City of Detroit by providing scholarships and assistance with college readiness to DPS students. Our mission is to change the education culture in Detroit, and to encourage young people with college aspirations for their children to move into Detroit.
Expansion set for all DPS high schools:
This fall, parts of our program will be in place at all DPS high schools. We will have all high school students (9th through 12th grade) enroll online, which only takes a few minutes. The online process will act as an application to our scholarship program, currently at Cody and Frederick Douglass high schools, but eventually to be at all DPS high schools. It will also sign up the students and designated adults to receive monthly emails about our scholarship, other scholarships, applying for financial aid and other college readiness activities or programs of interest (summer activities, ACT preparation classes, college clubs). Most students will enroll during a particular class or computer lab in the fall, but they can enroll at any time by visiting www.DetroitCollegePromise.org, and clicking on the Student Login button.
Cody principal Johnathon Matthews with numerous elected officials
during a recent visit to Cody by Secretary of Education Duncan.
Click on picture to enlarge.
Test scores rise at Cody High School
We are pleased to report increased test scores associated with the start of our program at Cody High School. In 2008, no Cody student had a score of 20 or higher on the ACT. In 2009, there were 11 students scoring 20 or above. According to Cody staff, part of the reason for improved scores was that students felt that had a promising future to work towards, due to our scholarships.
For all Cody grade 11 students taking the Michigan Merit Examination, the percentage of students in performance levels 1 & 2 (the highest categories), changed as follows:
Category 2008 2009
Reading 20% 21%
Writing 3% 8%
Total English 10% 17%
Mathematics 3% 10%
Science 11% 11%
Social Studies 44% 48%
Next year, we will offer awards to all Cody and Douglass students with an ACT score of 21 or more, to give these students additional motivation to work hard. We will also try to provide incentives at all high schools for achievements that their school wants to encourage, such as good attendance, a particular grade point average or community service.
Welcome Rob Haynes
Please welcome the newest member of our fundraising staff, Rob Haynes. He is our Development Officer in charge of special events and annual giving. He previously worked for the YMCA and 4-H. He joins Allison Marrs, in charge of grants and research, and Dr. Pernick, Executive Director, in our Development Department. We are currently seeking to hire a part-time Development Officer to be in charge of individual and corporate gifts.
Have fun bowling with us
The Detroit College Promise would like to cordially invite you and your family to our 1st Annual Bowl-A-Thon and Silent Auction, on Friday, August 14, 2009, 7:00pm to 10:00pm at Plum Hollow Lanes, 21900 West 9 Mile Road in Southfield. Come and join us for a family fun filled night of bowling, giveaways and prizes to benefit the students of Cody High school and Fredrick Douglass Academy. Tickets in advance are $15.00 per person ($20 at the door), which includes 2 games of bowling. Bowling shoes are $2.79. For more information, or to purchase tickets please call us at 248 646 0325, or click here for our Facebook invitation. This is an open invitation to all, so tell all of your friends and family!
In the News
Congratulations to Cody graduate and Detroit College Promise scholarship recipient Destin’e Clark, who was interviewed on Greg Bowman’s Making the Grade radio spot. Click here for the MP3. Dr. Pernick was interviewed by Alisa Zee of WYCD, 99.5 FM, Detroit’s Country, to be aired Sunday morning, 2 August 2009. Click here for the MP3. The Detroit Free Press recently posted an article (click here) about the success of The Pittsburgh Promise, which is similar to our program.
Ann and Palak at our table in the City Living tent at Citi-Fest
Thanks to all who talked with us at the recent Citi-Fest in the New Center area. We will try to attend as many local events as possible. Let us know of any events we may have missed, or if you can pass out literature at events. Click here to view or print our one page Fact Sheet.
Please contact us with any comments, suggestions or to volunteer. To contribute at any time, click on the Contribute button on our website, or click here.
Nat Pernick, M.D.
The Detroit College Promise
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