EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Pay It Forward Initiative (2012)

Project Details

Co-Learning Plan - 2012

Author: Charlie Cavell, Pay It Forward Initiative


The Pay it Forward Initiative connected people to opportunities in our shared communities. PIFI addresses a wide array of life challenges and helps clients overcome these hurdles. Founder Charlie Cavell shares client stories of achievement, disappointment, lessons learned and raises questions.


Charlie CavellCharlie Cavell, Pay It Forward Initiative

Charlie Cavell recently graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. While in college, Charlie started The Pay it Forward Initiative which provides employment, education and empowerment to structurally unemployed residents in Detroit through job coaching, essential skills training and wrap around supports. Charlie also became the youngest school board member in America when he was appointed to the Loving Academy charter school board of Detroit in 2011.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2012

Workforce and Education