SOUTHFIELD — For the fourth year in a row, a group of Harley Ellis Devereaux’s staff have participated in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering Mentor Program as volunteer mentors that are practicing professionals within those fields.

The mentor program ran from October until May and met every other Thursday after school at Renaissance High School in Detroit.

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“For the past four years, I have really enjoyed participating in this program because these students want to be involved and learn about the construction industry,” said Kristen Burgess, an architectural designer at Harley Ellis Devereaux. “This is an extracurricular activity that the students in Detroit Public Schools are offered and they come freely, excited and with lots of questions.  It is a great feeling to help a young person figure out their career path and see them move through the ACE program and into college.”

As mentors, Kristen and her colleagues Kshipra Rele, an architect, and Steve Dailey, a mechanical engineer, spent time with the students working on small projects, taking field trips to show the students what the architectural, engineering, and construction professions are like. Two of the main highlights of the program are visiting HED where we have someone from each department talk with the students and we also visit construction sites.

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“These activities were never offered when I was in high school and I can see this experience is invaluable to the students for learning what each of the disciplines duties are within the larger team, said Burgess.

For additional information on the mentorship program, please visit or contact Kristen Burgess at

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