It takes a lot of initiative for students to attend class on Saturday. That level of dedication is what the 400+ middle and high school students from Ypsilanti, Southfield and Detroit bring to all of the events in the Wolverine Pathways program. Wolverine Pathways, a new diversity pipeline program at U-M was established to address the pressing need for U-M to offer a focused and intentional K- 12 program to sustain and improve the diversity of the undergraduate student population.

Wolverine Pathways is a free, year-round program providing learning experiences for middle school and high school students to help them succeed in school, college and future careers.

Nell Dority, Senior Director at the Business Engagement Center, knew this would be a good fit for the community-minded University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU). Indeed, she was on target: when UMCU heard about the program, they knew they wanted to be involved.

“As the only locally-based credit union in Ann Arbor, UMCU strives to be the primary resource for financial education in the community. The privilege to partner with the University of Michigan again presented an incredible opportunity to bring that goal to fruition as UMCU helped prepare the sharp, young leaders in Wolverine Pathways for a prosperous financial future,” said Julie Wigley, UMCU’s Vice President of Talent and Brand Development.

Professionals from UMCU volunteered, building a curriculum of financial workshops for students and their parents over a series of Saturdays in the winter of 2017. UMCU’s commitment to teach financial skills to the next generation of college students in the Wolverine Pathways program is their latest commitment to the University of Michigan, continuing their pattern of philanthropy that enriches the experience of patients at Michigan Medicine and builds access to the arts at U-M.