The debate team at W. E. B. Du Bois High School in Detroit was pretty much nonexistent. They needed file folders to organize their cases. They needed a computer for research. They had the skills but, because they were attending a public school in a low-income neighborhood, they did not have access to the materials they needed in order to be successful.
Enter Ryan Particka. For Particka, being a member of the forensics team in high school was a life-changing experience. It helped him realize that he wanted to become a lawyer and motivated him to work hard in school. While in law school, Particka learned of The Generation Project, a public charity that empowers donors to expand opportunities for K-12 students in America. He decided to share his competitive spirit and everything he learned on the forensics team by sponsoring a similar team at a Detroit high school. The high school that benefited? W. E. B. Du Bois.