First Lady Michelle Obama Brought Mentoring Effort to Detroit
First Lady Michelle Obama visited Michigan on Wednesday, May 26 in an effort to highlight the importance of youth leadership and mentoring. The First Lady kicked things off with a student forum held on the campus of Wayne State University then held a mentoring luncheon at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Thousands of young people from local area high schools attended the forum, which featured multiple visiting mentors; including Magic Johnson, Spike Lee, Lloyd Carr, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, and First Gentleman Daniel G. Mulhern, among others. The luncheon invited 220 young people, including 20 from local mentoring programs, to engage in a more personalized experience with the First Lady.
Here is an excerpt from Mrs. Obama's speech at the luncheon:
"And I have to tell you, I am incredibly impressed with the work that's going on right here in Michigan through the Mentor Michigan program that your governor and First Gentleman have worked so hard to promote. By promoting and supporting mentoring organizations and creating partnerships with businesses, schools, non-profits and government, this initiative has more than doubled the number of mentors in Michigan in just five years. That's astounding."
To view video, photos, and remarks from the First Lady's trip to Michigan, visit the White House's website.