More than 50 Howard students will spend a week mentoring and working on literacy with high school students in the Detroit area. Detroit currently has a nearly 47% functional illiteracy rate, one of the worst in the country. The students will be working at Cody High School, Finney High School, Highland Park Community School and the Henry Ford Academy.
The ASB participants will also be working on college preparation with the older high school students. Howard students worked with the high school students in years past and have left a great impression on the students there. Some students decided to apply to Howard after ASB students visited their schools. Working with the students on literacy and exposing them to options for higher education will give them a chance at a brighter future and encourage them to continue their education.