August 5, 2015

On July 20th, 2015, MEP was honored to have local television personality Lila Lazarus serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the 22nd Annual Side-by-Side Golf Outing Dinner & Auction. Lazarus had previously served as guest speaker for the Women’s Program 2014 Graduation Ceremony. She described it as an incredibly moving and memorable moment in her career.

Lazarus has worked as an anchor and health reporter for three decades. Her professional accomplishments include covering Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in South Africa and receiving many journalism awards, including multiple Emmys. She has...

June 24, 2015

As has been done on the third Monday in July for the past 22 years, the venerable Side-by-Side Golf Outing at Walnut Creek Country Club on July 20th will bring together supporters of our educational model for at-risk girls and women for friendly competition, sumptuous dinner and auction, exciting games, and comradery on a beautiful world-class golf course.  Several sponsorships and foursomes are still available.  For more information, contact Mary Madigan at 313-963-5881 or to sponsor / register online,...

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...



Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan Bresler
Director of Development & Marketing
Mercy Education Project

1450 Howard Street
Detroit, MI 48216
Phone:  (313) 963-5881
Fax:  (313) 963-0209
Email: [email protected]

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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