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Even during the darkest early days – when the hospital urged her to get there soon if she wanted to see her prematurely born son, Steven, alive one last time – Chandra Jones never stopped believing. She was convinced that Steven would not only survive, but eventually thrive.

Eighteen years later, Chandra proudly relates that Steven was just named Most Valuable Pupil in his Oakland Schools Technical Campus engineering class and is considering a career in a technical field after he graduates this spring from Waterford Kettering High School.

The secret to Steven's success? Plenty of hard work, plus Early On® Michigan, an early intervention service for children ages 0-3, a program provided by Build Up Michigan.

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