Education Detroit’s Mercy Education Project for Young Women Visits Lear

Detroit’s Mercy Education Project for Young Women Visits Lear

Last month the Southfield Lear team had the opportunity to host a group of young women from the Mercy Education Project (MEP) non-profit organization to educate them on potential careers in math, science and design.

MEP provides programs that will allow young women to thrive academically and to inspire and lead them to successful career paths. During the summer, MEP offers the four-week enrichment program “Emerging Leaders” for middle school girls, focusing on college and career awareness. From the base camp at the University of Detroit Mercy, participants visit other colleges, universities and workplaces. They also learn leadership skills through educational and recreational activities and the program concludes with girls making PowerPoint presentations on some aspect of college preparation to parents and guardians.

When the young women arrived at Lear they were welcomed by Terri Tahnoose (VP – Global Product Marketing), Marie-Eve Cote (Sr. Comfort Engineer), Yanling (Julia) Wang (Sr. Engineer), Missy Pereny (Sr. Comfort Engineer), interns Danielle Fritz and Theresa Shermetaro and co-op student Madeline Geffert.

Side by side, Lear team members and the young women walked through the space exchanging questions and answers about Lear’s recent innovations as well as providing insights into the industry. Missy said, “I enjoyed speaking with the girls in the Mercy Education Project. It was interesting to hear what they thought of the components that go into seats and how their perception of seats changed after we spoke with them. They asked us some interesting questions and were surprised to see that Lear is able to combine fashion design with seat design.”

Following the tour, the day concluded with a luncheon where the visitors had an opportunity to speak more casually with the Lear team, who were excited to share this experience with them and saw that at the event’s end the young women were more enthusiastic about potential careers in math and science. Julia added, “I am so glad to give these young girls an introduction to the engineering field and introduce them to Lear products.”

In addition to this enrichment program, MEP also offers the Girls’ Literacy and Life Skills (LLS) Tutoring Program, which provides one-to-one remedial tutoring in reading and math to improve academic outcomes for girls in 1st through 8th grade living in southwest Detroit. Girls receive assistance with reading, math, homework, computer literacy, creative expression and appropriate social interaction. LLS also provides academic support, homework assistance, computer instruction, test preparation for college entrance exams and college readiness for girls in grades 9-12.

Posted on 8/14/2015

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