Air date: June 11, 2015
Stepha’N Quicksey is an over achiever by most standards. Salutatorian of his class at Osborn High School. First of his family to attend college. But this success was not achieved overnight. Stepha’N: Through middle school I was a class clown and a lot of my siblings dropped out of high school. My parents didn’t have an education. There is no safety net for people without education. In high school I decided to think about my future. I wanted to work hard and be the best person that I could be. Now as a college student, Stepha’N mentors students about what to expect after high school. Mitch: There are a lot of people who just look at school and they say oh all you have to do is go to school and study the things and get the grades and you’re done. Stepha’N: How do you pass the baton to a generation who’s not prepared in order for us to really sustain a future for Detroit. A genuine investment needs to be made in the young people of today. That investment began last year with the Detroit Youth Leadership Conference that got the city’s youth and leaders talking about change. Stepha’N: Gives young people the capacity to become leaders to take ownership of their communities to design projects that they think are necessary to impact change. There are a lot of bright young people in this city. It’s amazing. He is empowering youth to step forward with innovative ideas. Stepha’N: One of my favorite things to do is sit down at a table and have a conversation with people my age about how to move the city forward. I think that our ability to impact other people is so important that we should we should never turn down the opportunity to make that happen. Once a class clown and now a driver of social change, Stepha’N Quicksey is leading a youth movement right here in the heart of Detroit.