Career Readiness Academy 2020

The Detroit Economic Club’s Career Readiness Academy is a 7-month program that brings high school and Young Leader (YLs) members together for monthly meetings that aim to teach skills that will help the students effectively navigate their high school journey to find greater success in the working world. The same team of YLs and students meet each month which not only provides the opportunity for more personalized attention but also forges important mentor-mentee relationships.

Stay tuned for session updates from the year!

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please email Matt Valant at

CRA School Application

Please note the following commitment should your school be selected to participate:

  • Attend a mandatory orientation in Tuesday, October 15 from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM in the Southfield area
  • Commit to 9 monthly sessions (90 minutes) from November 201 – May 2020
  • Commit the same 10-15 students for the duration of the program
  • Ensure students attend each session
  • Ensure brief homework assignments are completed in timely fashion
  • Ensure a room and A/V are ready for each session
  • Ensure one school liaison is present for the first fifteen minutes of each session
  • Provide transportation to 4 sessions outside the school

Once you submit the application, you will receive an email with your submission.

School Information

School Name:*

School Address:*



CRA Contact Person

Contact First Name:*

Contact Last Name:*

Contact Email:*

Will this be your school's first year participating in CRA?*

CRA Volunteer Application

The Career Readiness Academy (CRA) is a tremendous way to mentor local high school students and the experience is rewarding. To ensure this is a worthwhile program for students and YL volunteers, please note the commitment expectations below:

  • Attend a mandatory orientation on Tuesday, October 29 from 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
  • Attend 9 sessions that will be held at the high school where you are assigned or at a field trip location. Sessions will be held between November and May, with a typical session lasting 1.5 hours around lunchtime.
  • Participate in calls with your YL volunteer team (up to 4 YLs) a few days prior to each session to review curriculum and prepare for upcoming sessions

Once you submit the application, you will receive an email with your submission.

First Name:*

Last Name:*


Phone Number:*

Date of Birth:*



Company Address:*



Is this your first year signing up to volunteer for CRA?*

If you have volunteered in years past, do you have interest in serving as a CRA Captain?*