Quicken Loans recently had a unique opportunity to partner with Project XQ, an organization that challenges America to rethink high school.
Project XQ argues that traditional high schools are outdated. Their mission is to solve some of the big problems in our country’s education system.
Once first in the world in high school completion, America is now 23rd, with the standing of our students on international exams ranging from 19th in science to 31st in math. Though 95% of our ninth graders plan to go to college, fewer than four in 10 are ready for college by the time they graduate – not a good sign in a country where two-thirds of jobs now require some college education.
By bringing together students, parents, educators, artists, entrepreneurs, community leaders and many others, XQ America is helping change the way we do high school.
In a one-hour special, “EIF presents XQ Super School Live” aired on NBC, ABC, FOX and CBS. Quicken Loans was a sponsor and even sent five of the brightest students from our Summer Career Exploration program to be on the show.
From Detroit to L.A.
Brishonna Weeks, Zania Steward and Jaylen Woodfork from Voyaguer College Prep High School and Zariah Sams and Bobbi Jones from Jaylen Rose Leadership Academy were chosen to travel to Los Angeles, CA with us. The students all live and attend school in Detroit and worked with us over the summer, shadowing and learning about the different roles Quicken Loans has to offer. They stood out as exemplary and were the obvious choices to be rewarded with this life-changing experience.
The students and their parents flew to L.A. on an all-expenses paid trip. It was some of the students’ first time flying, but they all handled it with grace and took on this opportunity with excitement and eagerness.
They spent their first day on set at Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger where the show was being filmed. Zariah, Zania and Jaylen pre-taped their segments that day, while Brishonna and Bobbi rehearsed for their part, which was live.
For the live broadcast, a slew of celebrities attended including, Chance the Rapper, Justin Timberlake, DJ Khaled and Viola Davis.
Samuel L. Jackson introduced the segment, which ended with Karla Souza acknowledging that the students were from a program in Detroit powered by Quicken Loans. Quicken Loans was showcased as an example to challenge other businesses to get involved in reimagining our high school system.
At Quicken Loans, we strive to provide opportunities to help students rise to a higher set of expectations for their future. It’s our goal to ensure that students take away something that improves their daily life. It’s awesome to partner with an organization like XQ America because just like us, they are obsessed with finding a better way to serve our youth.
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