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Small Experiences, Big Impact!
Take me out to the Ballgame - I don't care if I never come back! A day at Comerica park can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary day. That's what happened last week when 15 of our young people headed off to watch the Tigers play.
The anticipation of the game was incredible to witness. Of the 15 young people that attended only one had ever been inside Comerica Park before the big game. Talk turned to "What does it look like inside? How do you get around? What are the seats like? Cortez, 17 who attended a game last year offered to google the inside of the stadium for the rest of the teens. While googling is good, nothing prepared them for the excitement of sitting in those seats and watching our Tigers play.
The excitement of being inside the stadium, that even though they have lived their entire lives in Detroit, they only saw from the outside - will last our youth for a long time. Thank you Tigers for sharing this experience with our teens.
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Helping Youth to DREAM BIG!!
This summer while other students were thinking of spending warm summer days hanging out with friends, Charles had a different dream. His dream started when Michigan State University selected him to be part of the MSU Engineering and Science Success Academy.
Charles saw this as an incredible opportunity but his home life offered many challenges. Yolanda, his mother had recently had major surgery, their home was in foreclosure and his family did not have the resources for the essential supply list required by the Academy. He thought of turning down the opportunity to get a part time job.
Sandy, NSO Youthlink program coordinator, helped Charles focus on the bigger picture and encouraged him to attend. He knew if he could get to MSU he could be the first person from his family to attend college. With his hopes of attending inspired he shyly shared with Sandy the real reason he had considered not attending - he had nothing to pack - no t-shirts, one pair of jeans, no dress pants, no dress socks or shoes, no deodorant, no shampoo. The list was daunting to Charles but easily fixed by Sandy, with the support of NSO and thanks to NSO donors.
Yolanda was in tears when she came to NSO with Charles to pick up the duffle bag packed with everything Charles needed to make his seven weeks as MSU successful. Well almost everything, the thing he needed most, his incredible persistence and belief in his dream that he carried in his heart. Of course Charles story does not end there - and the good news is NSO's team will continue to be there for Charles as he moves forward fulfilling his dream.
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