The strength of the L!FE community lies in the breadth, depth, and diversity of our partners. We enlist the expertise of local business and community leaders, guest speakers, internship facilitators, educators and school districts; all of them dedicated to the success of our program participants. Don’t just take our word for it. See what others are saying about the extraordinary work being done by our students.

Within The Community:

“Working with L!fe Excellence, through our Summer Youth Employment Program, has helped us realize that exposure to the arts can be as essential as exposing youth to our typical regimented work readiness training.  It is evident that participation in the arts fosters a greater sense of self-respect, endurance, constructive competition, team work, discipline and creative thinking, all of which employers desire.”
-Ericka Page
Detroit Employment Solutions Corps
Youth Services Manager


“Your program is unique in both its curriculum and delivery, elevating inherent skills, leadership, enthusiasm, and commitment from our students. The students loved the L!FE program. The feedback from parents, students, and faculty is outstanding.”
-Mark Ornstein
UPrep Schools


What you have accomplished in those three weeks since you have been at Tindal, to even come up with this idea, to say ‘Ok, let’s look into the future, let’s see what we need to do.’  These kids are phenomenal. ”
-Maria Adams Laughton
Executive Director
Tindal Activity Center


“As I look at you today, you all have grown.  You all now have some tools. Some tools that we need you to have because there is a lot of work to be done, and we can’t do it alone. We are very very hopeful for what you all are going to do with the knowledge and tools that you have received.”
-Angelique Peterson-Mayberry
Board Vice President
Detroit Public Schools Community District


“Haven Academy was thrilled to offer the L!FE program in our new middle school. Students gained confidence, public speaking skills and developed a strong bond with each other and the program teachers. Our L!FE teachers were caring, thoughtful, and creative. The students were very proud of their final presentations and the work the did with L!FE will serve them well as life long learners.”
-Jessica Nauiokas
Head of School
Haven Academy, Bronx, NY


“Watching those young students articulate their vision for a future full of promise and contribution was awe-inspiring. All of the presentations were crisp, well thought out, and held our attention and made us believe. My hat’s off to the L!FE team for changing the lives of these students, the panelists, and the audience”

-Keith Cooley
L!FE Panelist, CEO Principia, LLC
Public School Academies of Detroit, Board of Directors


“These kids did an outstanding job at L!FE: University Prep Academy. I am quite sure we’ve some budding entrepreneurs on the way. They all had phenomenal concepts, thought about what the problem was, and identified creative solutions, all of the basics an entrepreneur needs when pursuing an idea”

– Dennis Archer, Jr.
L!FE Panelist & CEO Ignition Media Group, President ACS,
2016 Mackinac Policy Conference Chair


“It was amazing to hear these student ideas. They are thinking critically and thoughtfully while approaching social problems and finding creative solutions. If more and more students begin thinking like this I think our world might be a safer and better place to participate. ”

-Amy Kaherl
L!FE Panelist & Director
Detroit Soup

From Our Students:

“I participated in the L!FE Program’s during the summer of 2016, the summer of 2018 and am still working with L!FE. I learned the basics of entrepreneurship,  the benefits of goal-setting and creating an action plan to achieve my dreams. The things I like most about the program are the mentors and advisors I have come to know in these few short months. I am so glad I participated in the L!FE Programs. This program has left me more confident about myself, because I learned how to speak up more.”
Tariq Topey
L!FE Leaders, Inc. Member
Student Leadership Council since 2016
Founder – Dynamite Theater Productions


“In L!FE we want to be successful and live it the best we can. L!fe has taught me that nothing is unreachable and we can obtain it through perseverance and teamwork.”

– Howard Williams, Jr.
L!FE Graduate
Founder -Believe It Can Be


“L!FE Excellence Corps program  taught me about networking, getting to know people and coming out of my comfort zone.”
Tasnia Chowdhury
Student – L!FE Excellence Corps
L!FE Leaders, Inc. Student Leadership Council


“I feel confident, happy. I feel proud of myself. This program helped me be more outgoing.”
Chantell Bray
Student – L!FE Excellence Corps
L!FE Leaders, Inc. Student Leadership Council


“L!FE was astounding, It provided new experiences for me to learn about how to start a business.”
Celestina Campos Nieto
L!FE Graduate
Founder – Believe It Can Be