Senior Jonathan Berrien is a part of a non-profit organization called Midnight Golf.
Midnight Golf was founded in 2001 by Renee Fluker. The goal of the organization is to help and encourage high school seniors to graduate and get into college. Since 2001, the foundation has helped over 2500 Detroit seniors succeed in high school, get into college, and earn scholarships.
Though the program started small, with only 17 students, it has taken off and now receives over 1500 applications a year.
Berrien applied and got accepted. Not only is this exciting for him, but it’s also a massive accomplishment and something to be proud of.
“The program is very exclusive. There’s only 250 kids in the program today, but over 1500 students apply. There are specific requirements and expectations that they are looking for when they interview you,” Berrien stated.
Berrien found out about the organization over the summer through his summer golf program. He has a golf background, but many kids who get accepted have never golfed before in their lives.
“Most people at Midnight Golf don’t have a golfing background. They don’t really care about whether or not you can golf. They just want the most dedicated people and they want people who want to do good in the world and who want to succeed,” explained Berrien.
Being a part of Midnight Golf has helped Jonathan feel ready for college and has given him many opportunities.
“It has impacted my life so much. I’ve been able to receive on-sight scholarships with colleges and acceptance letters. I’ve also just been able to do so many cool things, and meet such amazing people,” Berrien said.
Jonathan is proud to be a part of such an amazing organization and to represent Lakeview.
“I am the only person from Lakeiew there. So, it’s cool to bring that and what we do to the program. Overall, it’s been such a great thing for me, and I just love going there. It’s a lot of fun and it’s worth the hard work,” reflected Berrien.