THE LEARNING NETWORK: A Youth Employability Skills Program

The Learning Network program will be postponed until May 2021. A virtual information session will take place on Sunday, November 8th to discuss the program and open applications. Continue to check our website and our social media channels for additional details and information.

Send by email to:
Arrange in person: Paulette Boggs/248.252.8481
Mail to: TOWF 21819 W Nine Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075

Click here to download the 2021 TLN program application

THE LEARNING NETWORK: Virtual Information Session - Sunday, November 8, 2020, 4-5 PM - Learn how you can apply to be a part of this youth employability program where  you will EARN AS YOU LEARN. Hear from special guests, past program participants and mentors. Stay for our RAFFLE featuring prizes from black-owned businesses. To register visit: or send an email to:

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About The Learning Network

The Learning Network(TLN) was the brainchild of the Honorable Brenda Lawrence who believed there was a need to develop a program that focused on enhancing the employability skills of local youth. TLN was initiated by The Torch of Wisdom Foundation, Inc. and funded by the Phillip and Elizabeth Filmer Memorial Charitable Trust in 2013. Since inception, we have had over 100 students graduate from the program! For six Saturday sessions, participants hear from professional speakers and engage in sessions that will make them successful for their first jobs and careers. What makes TLN unique is that students earn a $50 stipend every participated session!

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What Students Learn:

  • Resume writing
  • Job search process
  • Personal and professional branding
  • Interview preparation
  • Appropriate work attire
  • Managing finances
  • Understanding insurance benefits
  • Importance of networking and public speaking
  • Career exploration panels
  • Working within diverse environments

How You Can Help?

VOLUNTEER: Have a professional subject that you have expertise in and can serve as a volunteer presenter or want to volunteer with program facilitation? We need you!

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP: We are always looking for corporate partners for related resources and materials, venue session options and scholarship opportunities.

DONATE: Our donated funds 100% go to the program as TLN is volunteer-led. We need dollars for stipends, student lunches, and program materials.

INTERNSHIPS/EMPLOYMENT: Can you provide job shadowing experiences, internships, part-time or seasonal employment? We would love to offer these opportunities to our students.

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“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this program and would strongly recommend it to my peers. The Learning Network has taught me some invaluable skills that I will use for the rest of my life”

-Farhan 2016 participant