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College Readiness and Career Development

Project Ready BLACK GEMS: Preparing a New Generation for Success

Integrating academic skill-building with life-skill development and college culture awareness
Black Gems was launched in 2018, and uses the Project Ready curriculum to prepare students in grades 9-12 for the college experience. Students meet twice weekly from January to April. Professionals share insight in a variety of areas to help prepare high school students for success. The program also provides a free in-state tour and a fee-based HBCU tour of at least 4 historically Black colleges and universities within a tri-city area.

Black Gems offers students:

  • Basic academic support in math, reading, and writing
  • social and emotional learning, including peer pressure, how to develop a support system, and other issues of transition
  • Financial literacy
  • College admission process and help preparing applications
  • Cultural awareness
  • Information on scholarship searches
  • Computer class in Microsoft Suite that can lead to Microsoft certification
    • Students are matched with a mentor in their senior year who will stay in touch through the first year of college.

      For more information about the program or enrollment contact:
      Marquita Stephens, Program Director
      612-302-3114 or mstephens@mul.org


To prepare underserved youth with the skills needed to successfully pursue post-secondary education and career pathways that will support the creation of wealth in the future.

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