Omari McCauley entered into Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation’s Year-Round Youth Program with youth service provider, Midnight Golf Program in July 2013. Omari became part of the Detroit Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) that year with UAW-Ford skilled trades program. His experience included gaining technical skills utilizing hand and power tools, plate layout and blueprinting, while programming robots and troubleshooting. He plans to return this summer as an Intern.
During the school year as part of the Year-Round Youth Program, DESC provided Omari with multiple life skills, mentoring, leadership and employability skills. He took advantage of the tutoring element required of all youth service providers and achieved a 3 grade level improvement in Math.
Omari, a starting member of the Martin Luther King High School football and track teams participated in the 2014 Midnight Golf Road Trip for Success. He visited multiple colleges in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. Prior to the program he was unsure of what he wanted to do with his life, other than to play football.
Omari graduated from high school in June 2014, receiving a full scholarship to play football at Ferris State University where Omari plans to pursue a career in automotive engineering. Omari considered time management the most important lesson learned. He will carry a full schedule next fall as an athlete and a student, knowing the importance of using his time wisely.
Good luck at Ferris State University Omari!