Center for Success Network

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


1600 East Grand BlvdDetroit, MI 48211 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Center for Success is a nonprofit organization committed to impacting children in disadvantaged
areas through education and exposure to social interactions and activities. We believe that if we impact
the next generation, we change our future.

Our Mission: Empowering youth and families to live successful lives.
Our Vision: To open centers nationwide that will impact youth and their families for generations to come.

The Center for Success targets communities across the country with demonstrated need for educational
and mentoring support for disadvantaged students. Our centers help alleviate the adverse effects of under-resourced
educational systems and expand their opportunities for success. The Center for Success engages the
community to support underserved children, increasing their prospects for becoming inclusive and
productive members of society.

We provide after school, academic focused, individualized mentoring and tutoring for elementary and
through high school students at no cost. Students are evaluated to determine their levels of literacy prior to entering the program. If a student is behind in any area (Word Analysis, Fluency, Comprehension, Grammar, etc), or struggling at grade level in school, they are encouraged to join our program.

Mentors range in age from high school students through adults from the local community. Mentors must
complete training and a criminal background check before being placed with a student. Our expectation is
that our volunteers commit to one program time per week throughout the school year. All of our programs
hinge on our mentors. Our desire is to keep our student/mentor ratio as close to 1/1 as possible. With this
goal in mind, the ability to recruit mentors is pivotal to the success of our programs.

Program Framework.

Center for Success is committed to exposing, educating, engaging and empowering youth in non-
traditional formats. We truly believe that once youth are exposed and engaged to diverse outlets, CFS

and our community partners can provide education and empowerment to pursue their dreams and live
successfully. Our framework is the foundation to impacting youth in four key areas: Education,
Health and Wellness, Arts and Culture and Social- Emotional Development.

Expose - Preparing youth to live productive and successful lives by exposing them to innovative
concepts and opportunities while exploring life's options.
Educate - Recognizing and supporting youth to make academic achievements and build social-emotional
skills that lead to a successful future.
Engage - Providing meaningful interactions between youth and the community that engage youth to feel
connected, respected and heard.
Empower - Encouraging youth to be cultivated, individualistic, and compassionate, empowered to learn and lead.


Our mentors work one-on-one with an elementary aged student to guide them through targeted literacy lessons. The lessons are completed by Center for Success Staff and are ready before each session. In addition to reading support, mentors assist with homework, problem solve, and build positive supportive relationships with our youth. A one hour training and background check will be completed before mentors are able to start with the program. We ask our mentors to commit to one hour, one day each week for our program year (October-May), with breaks during regular school holidays. The mentor can choose the best time for their schedule, Monday-Thursday from 4:30pm-5:30pm, or 5:30pm-6:30pm.


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