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Midnight Golf Program

  • Midnight Golf Program
  • 30100 Telegraph Suite 404
  • Bingham Farms, MI 48025
  • 248-792-9438
  • 2001
  • David Gamlin
  • Vice President and Program Director
  • 248-792-9438

Program Description

The Midnight Golf Program (MGP) is a 30 week empowerment and mentoring experience that teaches character education including financial literacy, college preparation, community activism, as well as, learning to play golf. It is a program that makes a positive impact in the lives of the participants.

Midnight Golf Program Overview

  • Meets twice weekly -- Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Marygrove College in Detroit
  • Life Skills are taught by business, human service and education professionals
  • Golf is taught by PGA of America professionals
  • Adults from all walks of life, generations and experience, volunteer their time to serve as mentors for the participants
  • Nearly 800 participants were admitted or graduated from 90 different colleges and universities
    • Since 2001, more than 1000 young people joined the Midnight Golf Program, and more than 800 completed the 30 week learning experience with nearly all of them earning admittance to or graduating from 90 different colleges and universities. There are currently 132 participants in Detroit, Michigan. Through this training the participants learn how to become empowered, socially responsible young adults prepared to maximize their potential, while appreciating the game of golf. Upon completion of the program most students enter college and are paired with a mentor that then follows the students throughout their college career.

      Participants must be 17 years of age by December 31st of the start of a new program year. All participants complete an application and participant in an interview process. Following the interviews, a select group of participants are then selected to receive an invitation to participate.

      Program participants are required to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the Midnight Golf Program. Program participants are required to use respectful and appropriate language when addressing adults/mentors, visitors and each other. Program participants are expected to behave in a respectful manner and will be treated with respect and courtesy at all times.

      Services Provided

      • Arts and cultural
      • College admissions guidance and counseling
      • College transition and retention support
      • Community service/service hours
      • Mentoring
      • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


    Race & Ethnicity

    • Hispanic/Latino: 1%
    • African American: 99%

    Education Level and
    Number of Students

    • High School: 139
    • Middle School: 0
    • Elementary School: 0
    • Post-secondary: 0
    • Non-traditional: 0


    • Between 50% and 75%

    Colleges Attended
    by Alumni

    • Alabama State University
    • Benedict College
    • Bethune-Cookman University
    • Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
    • Clark Atlanta University
    • Howard University
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • Kalamazoo College
    • Michigan State University
    • Morehouse College
    • Prairie View A & M University
    • Purdue University-Main Campus
    • Spelman College
    • Stanford University
    • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    • University of Missouri-Columbia
    • University of Washington-Seattle Campus
    • Wayne State College
    • Western Michigan University