MEA-Wayne State partnership energizes Next Gen

More than 30 high school students from across Michigan and Illinois who are interested in pursuing a career in education participated these past two weeks in the Next Gen Teacher program.  This great collaboration between MEA and Wayne State University – made possible through an NEA grant – introduces young people to a potential career in education.

Video provided by Christopher Banks

The next phase of the program is to have MEA members mentor them through the remainder of their high school experience to support their dreams of a future as educators. We are excited to see what these students achieve.

Learn more about the Next Gen program here.

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MEA member Melissa Lambert, a librarian at Allen Park High School, with MEA Vice President Brett Smith (center) and Allen Park Education President Joel Burkey.

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