Who are we?

The L.A.B. is a mentoring and enrichment Experience that is aimed at improving the lives of young people, especially young men across the city of Detroit and elsewhere. We recognize that there is a serious need for strong positive role models, as well as training and encouragement about core characteristics and mindsets that will lead to successful lives. The L.A.B. addresses these issues by focusing on Leadership, Attitude, and Brotherhood in order to cultivate meaningful relationships and driven, positive lifestyles. We want and need to unify all races of young men, especially with the levels of hate and division rampant through the world. In order to see real change, we have to first understand each other! before ultimately calling one another: brother.

 

Mission Statement

Our goal is to develop a process of creating “new”, that will cultivate and empower young men to achieve their goals and unite as brothers, instilling a long-term and life-changing foundation for success. 

 

Founders

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Maurice "Moe" Ways

 

Maurice “Moe" Ways has a passion for inspiring younger generations to be great and legendary in everything they do by using his platform of faith, as well as academic and athletic success. The youngest of 3 children born to Marcus and Patricia Ways, Maurice graduated from Detroit Country Day High School, Cum Laude with a 3.5 GPA. He is currently a senior at the University of Michigan, where he plays football, majors in International Studies, and will be graduating In April 2018 with a 3.1 GPA. Ways has received three “Athletic Academic Achievement Awards” and has been selected to the “Academic All-Big 10 Team” in 2015, 2016, & 2017. Ways was a keynote speaker at Michigan’s Ross School of Business where he spoke on “Who is the Black Male Athlete” alongside Michigan sports legends Braylon Edwards, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson in February of 2017. upon graduating, Moe will be continuing his football career at University of California, Berkeley while also pursuing his masters degree in public health.

 
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Trenton Shelby 

 

Trenton Shelby is an example of the importance of art in the lives of the younger generation. As the son of Don and Bonita Shelby and the 4th member of the worldwide gospel quintet group, “The Shelby 5,” Trenton has experienced great musical success over the course of his bright career. From appearing on TV shows such as “The Preachers of Detroit” to releasing hit- singles like “Champion” and traveling across the world to spread his gift, Trenton realizes the importance of cultivating the arts among young individuals, and hopes to do so through the L.A.B.. Shelby graduated from Washtenaw Christian Academy in 2013 with a 3.0 GPA and is currently in his junior year at SchoolCraft College, but will soon be transferring to Eastern University to obtain a bachelors in Psychology. Through his experience and talent, Shelby has had the opportunity to work at Quicken Loans, hosting company events, and participating on panels with owner Dan Gilbert.