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Woman honored for changing young men's lives

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She spent most of her life molding the minds of local students in the classroom, giving them direction and the skills to succeed.

She continues to work with Mid-Michigan's youth, specifically young men and how to be a valued member of society.

"I always felt that I could make a difference and each child was an individual that i could make a difference in," said Mary Jane Claybrook-Currie, NAACP honoree.

She has made a big difference in the lives of young people, both in the classroom and in her volunteer work.

"I try to instill in the hearts of young people ideas that will help them to become a better person and to live out their potential," Currie said.

For decades she taught language arts in the Saginaw school system and she is still just as passionate about working with young people.

Currie is a key organizer for the Phi Delta Zappa Kudos youth group. The group is made up of young African American men.

"We help them to learn how to make good decisions, how to do what's best for you, how to be a man of excellence, integrity. Those are the kinds of things we talk about," she said.

She has helped more than 200 young men go through the program. She's watched them achieve success in all sorts of fields.

As far as her award from the NAACP, Currie is truly humbled.

"It's such a natural part of me. It doesn't seem like something I'd be honored for. It's just being who I am. Having raised sons, it's just an extension of my motherhood," Currie said.

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