JRLA was founded in 2011 to help improve the educational landscape in Detroit, but funding a charter school is not an easy task and we need your help!  Detroit charter schools receive less state-aid than other Michigan Public Schools – a student attending JRLA receives roughly $7,100 in state-aid for their education while a high school student in Birmingham gets nearly $12,000 - a quality public education should not be defined by zip code!  JRLA offers Detroit area high school students unique opportunities that they would not receive from any ordinary public school, which means we need to raise significant funds from private sources to bridge the gap and meet our ambitious educational goals.  As a tuition-free school, we need to raise $300,000 to balance our 2014-15 budget.     

If you would like to support JRLA’s operational campaign:
Donations can be made payable to JALEN ROSE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY and mailed to: 
15000 Trojan Street
Detroit, MI 48235

Unlike traditional public schools, Detroit charter schools do not receive funding from their school districts to purchase, lease, expand or improve facilities. This causes financial challenges that can limit the charter school’s ability to provide appropriate accommodations.  As the landlord, Operation Graduation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit implementing a comprehensive capital campaign in an effort to minimize the facility costs for the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. Its mission is to create life-changing opportunities for underserved youth in the Detroit area through scholarships and educational programs.  In an effort to own the facility outright and expand to include a full size gymnasium and a multi-purpose cafeteria space, Operation Graduation needs to raise $5 million.  Naming opportunities are available throughout the building. 

 If you would like to support Operation Graduation’s capital campaign:
Donations can be made payable to OPERATION GRADUATION and mailed to:
Operation Graduation
15000 Trojan Street
Detroit, MI 48235
Donate online via PayPal here:



 ********** VIRTUAL DONOR WALL **********
JRLA 2014 Donor Appreciation Day 49

* Michael & Pamela Carter
* Gregory & Susan Boll 
*The Junge Family (UM-Dearborn Endowed Engineering Scholarship) 
* Michigan Future, Inc – Funded by: The Skillman Foundation/McGregor Fund/Kresge Foundation/W.K. Kellogg Foundation

* Walton Family Foundation
* Tom & Holly Gores 

* Isiah & Lynn Thomas 
* Lear Corporation

* Simon & Barb Smith
* Tim & Dana Gale
* The Skillman Foundation - with support from Tonya Allen
* Jeff Cappo
* The Brochert Family
* Meijer 
*The Suburban Collection

* Neil & Stacy Weissman
* Ted & Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation
* Helen L. Kay Charitable Fund with support from Mick Koster
* Buhr Foundation
* William Davidson Foundation 
*Detroit Pistons Come Together Foundation
* David & Paula Berry
* H H Barnum Company
*Jonathan Klein
* adidas

* David & Elise Schostak
* Judge Roberta & Dennis W. Archer, Jr.
*Dennis W. Archer Community Development Fund -
The Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan
* Bill & Sally Martin
* Stein Family Foundation
* Quicken Loans
*Grant Beard – Wolverine Advanced Materials
* Lady Jane’s Haircuts for Men
* Charity Motors
* The Keliher Family 
* Nick & Ivette Khan 
* Craig & Kristin Myers
* Plastic Engineering & Technical Services, Inc
* The Gans Family
*Chuck Spetka
*The Magni Group

* Ron & Stacy Klein
* Rumia Ambrose-Burbank
* Loraine & Melinese Reuter Foundation - with support from Mick Koster
* Happy’s Pizza Franchise
* Bruce Beard
* United Auto Workers – Ford
* Moscone Family Foundation
* Michigan First Credit Union
* CareerBuilder
* Howard & Tai Eisley
* Whitney Kroenke & Chris Mussallem
* Trott Foundation
*Shifman & Carlson
*Denise Ilitch
*Tiaka Hurst
*William Pickard
*Erwin Penland

Thank you in advance for your consideration… your tax-deductible contribution is greatly appreciated!  For more information on the many ways you can support the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy or Operation Graduation, please contact: 
Michelle at or 800.975.0001.