Help empower Detroit students with visit to Harvard University

harvard_university_2005201084846SA(1)Many Detroit students don’t get to experience life outside of the city or its beleaguered school system, placing them at an early disadvantage. Without the exposure to colleges and other academic opportunities, students often find menial jobs after high school, never reaching their potential.

Enter 20 Books Inc., a nonprofit aimed at combating illiteracy and empowering students to achieve dreams they never knew were possible.

The group is raising money today in hopes of sending 5o Detroit students to Harvard University, where a new world would open up to them as they interact with faculty and students.

Here’s the fun part: Your minimum $10 donation gets you into the family-friendly Harvest Fest later today with music, hayrides, face-paintings, a bounce house, campfire book readings, food, refreshments and door prizes at Victory Fellowship Community Church¬†at 14225 Frankfort.

The much-anticipated fair runs from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The group needs $8,000 to cover the full expenses for 50 students to visit Harvard. KofiMyler

“We are extremely excited about this event,” 20 Books founder Kofi Myler said. “Our efforts here are really two-fold: First we want to completely cover the cost of the trip and second we want to continue to engage with the community with the fair.”

Last year, 20 Books sponsored 45 students to visit Michigan State University’s campus and the trip was life-changing for many.

“I was amazed by how much the kids got out of the trip last fall,” Myler said. “Without exception, each one told me personally how inspired they were. We want to take the effort to the next level with the Harvard trip.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.