On the Ground: Osborn's turnaround people

Throughout this series, we have profiled the many ways that leaders in Osborn are focusing on developing youth to succeed them as the next generation of community leaders. Recently, photographer Marvin Shaouni went around the Osborn neighborhood to photograph some of the educators making a difference in the lives of young people.

Osborn benefits from a wide network of educational opportunities and institutions, from neighborhood schools to non-profit run programs. In this photo essay, you will meet several of the people responsible for some of these opportunities.

Eddie Beal - Culture Facilitator at Osborn High School

Mr. Beale is responsible for making sure kids stay in school at Osborn and feel welcome there. He runs the school's Turnaround Center, which keeps troubled students in the building using their time productively if they get suspended. He makes calls to parents when kids are not in class. His goal is to keep kids on the right path and create a compassionate environment away from home. "I can be the good guy or the bad guy," says Beale, but as you can see from our photos, he likes being the good guy and the kids like him.

Andrea Jackson - College Transition Advisor, Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science, & Technology

Ms. Jackson's role at Osborn's Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science, & Technology is to expose students to the opportunities that exist for them to attend college. She coordinates college visits for kids, teaches ACT prep classes, and helps kids apply for financial aid and scholarships. Ms. Jackson and other educators in Osborn are creating a culture of aspiration to higher education and showing kids how to get there.

Kayana Sessoms - BuildOn Youth Engagement Zone Program Coordinator

Ms. Sessoms exposes kids from Osborn to the world beyond their neighborhood. Literally -- the world. Last year, she took a group of kids to Nepal. BuildOn's mission is "to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectation through service and education." They provide urban youth with the opportunity to travel abroad and embrace new cultures. Ms. Sessoms focuses on exposing Osborn High School kids to local and international community service opportunities, making them more aware of health and sustainable options in their community, and getting them engaged in the arts.

Robbie Amin - Founder, Teach for Detroit

Teach4Detroit focuses on preparing kids for careers in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and tutor Detroit kids based on their individual needs. They provide classes supplemental to core high school classes, and they teach them in public schools. We learned about Teach4Detroit through Lettie-Ann Miller, an Osborn High School student who wrote a piece for the "On the Ground" series and is taking ACT prep classes with Mr. Amin and his coworkers.

Check out another photo essay by Alante Belford, a young photographer in Osborn, on our "On the Ground" blog.

Matthew Lewis is project editor for the On the Ground series. Model D's partner in the series is the Skillman Foundation.

Photos by Marvin Shaouni
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