Detroit native Jalen Rose is an ESPN/ABC studio analyst and 13-year NBA veteran who has assembled a team of community leaders, educational experts, and organizations on a national scale to establish the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy to ensure the achievement of underserved young people in Detroit.
A partnership with the University of Detroit Mercy will provide Academy students with college-going exposure and mentoring beginning in the Ninth Grade modeled after the UDM STAR student mentoring and college success program.
In addition, students will be able to take dual enrollment courses at UDM as juniors and seniors.
The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy curriculum is being developed in alignment with Michigan Merit Curriculum standards and benchmarks with a strong focus on project-based data-driven learning with leadership strategies incorporated throughout the curriculum.
Funded by the Skillman, Kellogg and McGregor Foundations and McGregor Fund, Michigan Future, Inc. has awarded the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy a planning and technical assistance grant to assist with the planning year and first three years of operation. The Michigan Department of Education has also awarded the Academy with a United States Department of Education Charter School Planning Grant.