jalen rose*Former NBA star and current ESPN analyst is expanding his horizon with his newly established education program.

The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, founded in his hometown of Detroit, is focused on helping students achieve and find success despite the desperate circumstances in the city.

“When the auto industry was around, adults weren’t necessarily going to college to get degrees,” Rose told theGrio. But that industry cannot support the region as it once did. “This domino effect has in turn affected children,” Rose continued.

And the stats are staggering for Detroit.

According to a study conducted by the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University, only 31.9 percent of the city’s public high school students graduate in four years and only 12 percent of Detroit’s adult population have bachelor’s degree.

To receive a good education, many students have to attend schools outside their districts.

“If I live in a district where I know the school is poor performing, why should I have to make my child go there?” Rose asserted.