The Lear Corp. is underwriting a $1.5 million, 3-year student tutoring program with the Detroit Public Schools, the company and the district announced this afternoon.
The program will send 100 paid East Village Preparatory Academy high-schoolers to nearby J. E. Clark Preparatory Academy this fall to help students there transition to high school.
Lear CEO Matt Simoncini, who graduated from DPS’ Clark Elementary School, unveiled the paid program during a student assembly at J. E. Clark on the same stage, where in February, General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson and his wife, Karin, announced a $1 million personal gift to Habitat for Humanity initiative in the MorningSide neighborhood on the city's east side.
In addition to payment, the participating high school students will also get community service credits. The Southfield-based auto supplier and the school will work with a local bank to open direct-deposit accounts for the trained tutors and to develop a financial-literacy program.
“This is an opportunity for us to build upon existing successful programs at Clark and to bring a tutoring initiative to full scale to be most effective, while providing a link to lifelong learning for the high school and elementary-middle school students as well,” said Simoncini, who will sit on the school’s new Parent Advisory Council on Student Achievement, part the new DPS 2012-13 Academic Plan
This tutoring program is part of the DPS Volunteer Business Corps.
“I have said from the moment I took this position that corporate and organizational support is critically important to making a difference in DPS, and many have expressed an interest in joining our effort,” said DPS emergency manager Roy Roberts. “The active commitment of a corporation with the stature of Lear speaks strongly to what we expect to materialize quickly from other Tier One suppliers, automotive and manufacturing industry giants, health care and financial institutions and others.”
East English Village Preparatory Academy is scheduled to open this fall, with current Crockett and Finney students at the former Finney High School.