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Feb. 25, 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

EMU and YES Foundation looking for 100 Detroit college-bound students

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University is partnering with The YES Foundation to select 100 seventh grade students from Detroit public schools to participate in the inaugural year of YES for PREP. Deadline for applying is Monday, March 29.

This program identifies, develops and prepares intellectually talented, and self-motivated minority youths to achieve their fullest potential as scholars and leaders in school and the community. YES for PREP is funded by a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the Skillman Foundation. YES is an acronym for youth employment, education and enrichment services.

The preparatory program, including a variety of academic, cultural and social activities, begins after seventh grade and continues through the seven weeks immediately following eighth   grade. At that time, students, with the help of EMU counselors, apply to high schools that provide the best fit for their individual needs.

The YES Foundation has identified 30 possible placements and scholarships from Renaissance, Cass Tech and Martin Luther King high schools as well as Detroit Country Day, University Liggett, Cranbrook, Roper and other college preparatory high schools which have committed to considering YES FOR PREP students as priority candidates.

Students who are in the seventh grade, live in Detroit, attend a public or charter school, have at least a B average and an 80 th percentile score on a standardized achievement test are eligible to be nominated for participation in YES FOR PREP.

Thirty students will be invited to participate in the 14-month preparatory curriculum. Another 70 applicants will be eligible to participate in the PREP Learning Community through special workshops, academic advising, tutoring and a variety of cultural and leadership development activities. For more information, contact The YES Foundation at 248.646-2203 or go to www.theyesfoundation.org.

The Skillman Foundation provides academic, social, and cultural support to low-income, gifted and talented Detroit minority youth participating in the YES for PREP program.

The YES Foundation was founded in 1992 to help high school youth identify their skills, prepare for job interviews and broaden their horizons by locating jobs throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. Since then, it has expanded to include literacy programs in grades K-3, and parental involvement activities.


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