The initiative was started
by LMHA. Each student is assigned a LMHA mentor that they will
work with through the remaining school year. The mentor/mentee
will meet on a monthly basis and engage in specific
developmental activities, along with job shadowing at LMHA.
JLA is a high school with
a career-tech focus and business-themed curriculum, including
marketing, finance and supply chain management. The school
offers small class sizes and separate wings for girls and boys.
“We are thrilled with this
exciting new partnership, and have had a vision of connecting
with the community beyond its residents for awhile now,” said
Demetria Simpson, President and Chief Executive Officer,
LMHA. “We think that mentoring can change lives, and help
children to realize their full potential, while teaching the
mentor important life lessons at the same time. These positive
relationships are a win-win.”
About Lucas Metropolitan
Established in 1933, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA)
provides affordable housing to adults, seniors and children in
its Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Mixed-Income and
market rate housing units. LMHA provides a myriad of programs
and opportunities designed to improve the total quality of life
for our residents, with the ultimate goal of achieving
The programs and services are the result of successful
collaborations with numerous community partners. Its current
housing portfolio consists of 2,701 Public Housing units; 4,366
Housing Choice Vouchers; 32 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit units;
198 Market Rate units; and, 53 Rent-to-Own properties.
About Jones Leadership
Jones Leadership Academy offers a college preparatory program
for students in 7th through 12th grades that focuses on college
readiness and 21st century skills. Admission is now open for
incoming seventh, eighth and ninth grade students from Toledo
and surrounding areas.
This High School of Business has a Career Tech focus on a
business-themed curriculum that includes marketing, finance and
supply chain management. The school offers small class sizes,
separate wings for girls and boys, and a full roster of
athletics and extracurricular activities, including an
award-winning chess team.
Photo Caption: Demetria Simpson President and CEO
of LMHA, Dr. Ward Barnett, principal at JLA; and Angela Rivers,
business teacher at JLA.