Willie White is a DETROIT READS alumnus. In the late 1990’s Willie participated as an adult learner in one of the Detroit Literacy Coalition literacy classes conducted at OASIS Center, (a rehabilitation center for those recovering from addiction) in Highland Park. Frustrated and anxious because he felt life was not moving the way he wanted, he sought our help. He wanted to learn and he wanted to learn fast. He had a lot of catching up to do.
Well, Willie did learn and even faster than we thought he would. He exceeded our expectations. Willie passed his GED and went on to finish a Bachelors degree and even a Masters. Willie is a great wonder to himself and many of his friends. He now works at the OASIS rehabilitation center in a supervisory capacity. We as literacy stakeholders are very proud of Mr. White and all his accomplishments.