Making It to The Finish Line is a Detroit area organization dedicated to showing kids how to live a successful life by example. Created by Gladys Pearson in June 2001, and located in the city of Hamtramck, she fuses her educational background with life experiences to provides an enriching experience to the program participants. This nonprofit organization has been an asset to the community with programs that parents and kids find educational and entertaining. The organization started out focusing on girls, but has since included men from the ages of 7 to 17 and guides them on the path to a productive lifestyle.
Program highlights include the extravagant cotillion ball and the young and debonair boot camp. This program allows the women to dress up in gowns and play the role of evening princess, while the men wear tuxedos and learn how to impress woman. By introducing seemingly out of date pomp and circumstance to young people, they are adding to an education which they would never receive in a formal school setting. Character building exercises and mandatory volunteer hours provide a background for the boot camp by instilling a sense of discipline that successful people need to learn. The next session starts September 11, 2016, and runs every Sunday from 5 to 7 P.M.
Every year we run a talent competition called Evening of Excellence for 9th to 12th graders. Dancers, comedians, musicians, singers, and spoken word artist all compete for $250 in college scholarships. The beauty of the program is that it boosts self-esteem by encouraging participants to learn/practice a new skill that will encourage them to explore new facets of their personalities. Education disguised as entertainment; it is the experience, not necessarily the money, that motivatites participants.
Tools for school is an important program that give kids the necessary supplies to start off the school year. Throughout the month of July, we take donations of items ranging from pencils, pens, notebooks, backpacks, and anything else found in the stationary isle of a store. On the last Saturday of August, we give out the supplies to those who need it, because without the proper supplies the students will fall behind and it would be hard to catch up. This program assists teachers by making sure that students are prepared to tackle lesson plans and, saves parents much need money.
Making It to The Finish Line is a value to the community, but it needs your help. As a nonprofit we need resources in order to keep the community thriving and we can’t do it without you. Resources does not necessarily come in the form of money, but time as well. If you know anyone who can donate supplies, volunteer their time, or anyone who might benefit from the program don’t hesitate to call. The number is (313-460-0596) and we can be reached at www.mittfl.org.