Tekoa Hewitt is a student in the Gateway to College Program at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. After graduating with his diploma in the spring, he wishes to continue attending Mott until he earns an associate degree. Currently, Tekoa is in the honors program at Mott and actively volunteers by mentoring other Gateway students trying to make the transition to the college environment. He has aspirations to one day attend graduate school to pursue a degree in higher education.
In addition to his studies, Tekoa works as a math tutor and writing center consultant. Along with his regular duties as a tutor, he also is a peer tutor mentor, helping incoming tutors get acclimated to the collegiate work environment by leading focus groups designed to improve the quality of tutoring services.
Born to a working-class family in a small suburb of Flint, Tekoa saw firsthand the difficulties America’s youth face achieving an education in a poor economic climate. After his twin brother passed away from complications from hemophilia, Tekoa dropped out of high school at sixteen and started working. He spent the two years after dropping out working at a pizza place on Flint’s east side. But he knew he had to get a quality education to help better his family’s quality of life so he joined the Gateway to College Program at Mott.
While in the Gateway program, Tekoa traveled to the District of Columbia to participate in the GradNation Summit as a youth scholarship recipient. He observed seminars focusing on reducing the number of high school dropouts throughout the nation. He has also participated in the Flint Literacy and Basic Skills Summit, whose mission is to help improve the literacy and graduation rates of Genesee County, Michigan. He also was invited to speak at one of the Summit’s planning sessions to share his story.