Reginald Franklin came to Detroit Employment Solution’s partner, YMCA, for their ‘iCan Achieve’ program, after seeing the great benefits and opportunities it has provided for his sister.
Growing up in a single parent household, Reginald was unable to experience male mentorship and guidance. But through the ‘iCan Achieve’ program, he was exposed to positive role models that would guide him to success. One of these role models being his mother, who works part-time for the YMCA.
When Reginald first started the program, he was shy and introverted. As he progressed through the program, he was able to speak more comfortably in a group setting, and became more confident in articulating his ideas.
He also gained work experience throughout the summer with ‘iCan Achieve,’ and received secondary and post-secondary support. During his senior year of high school, Reginald applied to Grand Valley State University and has since been accepted.
“It has helped me prepare for college with the writing workshops and other classes,” Reginald says of the ‘iCan Achieve’ program. “I now see myself as a leader with a bright future.”
Reginald is now enrolled at Grand Valley State as a freshman studying business, but he still finds time to work part-time at the YMCA during academic breaks.