WSU grad has passion for helping people

By Marney Rich Keenan

Wayne State University graduate Charlie Cavell is profiled in a column highlighting his passion for giving back. Cavell prevailed over a tough upbringing to earn a college degree, start a successful nonprofit, be a school board member and thrive on helping others less fortunate. In September 2010, he started "The Pay it Forward Initiative," an internship program that plugs unemployed Detroiters into jobs at local companies for four months while receiving a $2,400 stipend. They see a counselor once a week and attend job training classes and financial workshops. So far, Pay it Forward has found long-term employment for about 24 interns. William Volz, WSU professor of Business Law and Ethics and director of the school's entrepreneurship program said of Charlie: "His success is largely a function of his boundless energy, tremendous enthusiasm and his fundamental good heart."

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