From Determination to Success: The Midnight Golf Program
The Midnight Golf Program helps young people turn determination into success as they transition from high school, to college, into a professional career and beyond.
Not your average after school program
MGP’s methodology provides a transformational experience for our young people. We blend rigorous life and career skills training with peer-to-peer, mentor-to-student, and social-emotional support to help young people gain the skills and confidence to enroll in and complete college and transition a rewarding career. More than 1,200 MGP participants have moved on to college since 2001 studying at more than 100 different colleges and universities across the country.
Learning golf give students many skills that lasts them a lifetime
The greater community also benefits by our cultivation of future leaders. Midnight Golf Program gives purpose to young people and helps them to remove obstacles – from not knowing how to write effective college entrance essays to understanding how to advocate for themselves. These responsible, engaged, and smart young adults, in turn, contribute to the communities where we live and work.
“The people here are there for me and I think that is so powerful because they see so much when you don’t even see anything in yourself. They care so much about us. Even after you leave, they are there for you.” –Cydney B., student, class of 2017
High School Empowerment: The Set Up
Our flagship, 30-week program offers a transformational empowerment and mentoring experience to approximately 250 high school students each year who want to progress to college by developing the skills and know-how to succeed.
College Exploration & Preparation: The Tee Up & Launch
Young people receive guidance and encouragement around post-secondary goal setting,
college selection, scholarship applications – including those exclusively for MGP participants – and career decisions. The highlight of this part of the curriculum is the five-day Road Trip for Success [link to RTFS page] college tour, which further sparks young people’s interest in pursuing higher education goals. Students, mentors and staffers are proud of our 100 percent college acceptance rate for all seniors.
In-College Support: The Follow-through
Supports beyond the 30-week program help our young people, after they’ve been accepted to college, with challenges like housing logistics and moving or decisions around classes and majors. We provide them with tools and advice to get the most out of their college experience.
We send out care packages to our college freshman each fall, and correspond in other ways throughout the school year and during summer breaks. We keep in touch and stay engaged. MGP mentors are also key connectors for our young adults, providing yet another layer of support and encouragement.
Career Development & Giving Back: The Finish
Sixty percent of MGP participants complete college – a 20 percent higher achievement rate than African Americans across the country and a five times higher rate than Detroit students not in our program. MGP staff and mentors offer post-college mentoring, assistance with networking, and other career and life supports. Many of our graduates give back to the program through becoming mentors themselves, or they volunteer in other ways in the communities where they live and work. Graduates also have become loyal donors. The strong connection to MGP never stops developing and evolving.
We always stay connected!