Meet Danielle Welcome, Community Member of Osborn House

Danielle Welcome remembers the day she first learned about Brilliant Detroit’s Osborn House. It was August of this year, and she was with her kids — Jade, Jameer, Jordan, and Jayden — just across the street on the playground. “There was this big picnic, they were barbecuing, lots of games out, and they approached me! […]

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Feeding Friendly Spaces

On October 3rd, Brilliant Detroit hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at our Fitzgerald house to mark the opening of breastfeeding-friendly spaces at all of our locations. The house was filled with community partners, families and neighbors to help us commemorate the event. Thanks to our partnership with Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association and Evenflo, we are proud […]

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Lucious Conway, Fitzgerald Resident and Volunteer

“If you want change globally, you have to make a change locally… one person at a time—that is how we change the world.” Fitzgerald resident and volunteer at Brilliant Detroit’s newest hub, Mr. Conway’s enthusiasm for kid success and the positive impact that we can have on the community together is heartwarming and inspirational. He […]

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Making a Splash in Fitzgerald

When we first walked through the house on 16919 Prairie Street in the Fitzgerald neighborhood, we were struck by how much help the house needed and how much possibility it held. What followed was many months of renovation to get Brilliant Detroit’s “palace” ready for programming. Before any programming took place, the house was filled […]

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Neighborhood on the Rise: Gearing up for Morningside

The Morningside neighborhood on Detroit’s East side is a self-described “neighborhood on the rise.” These two square miles bordered by I-94, Outer Drive East, Mack Avenue, and Alter Road are home to a coordinated effort by long-time residents to reactivate vacant lots and create the conditions for kid and family success. Their community association, named […]

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Jasmine’s Mission

We see the work of building kid success neighborhoods as a community-driven movement and few represent the power and potential of this movement like Jasmine Mahone, a participating mother and volunteer at the Brilliant Detroit Osborn House. Jasmine found her way to Brilliant Detroit thanks to the help of Lotonya Peterson, who teaches Osborn neighbors […]

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Summer Reading Progress

With the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Brilliant Detroit serves the city as the backbone organization of the Grade Level Reading Campaign. Only 14% of children read at grade level by third grade, a deeply troubling statistic with negative implications for kid success. Since third grade is the time when children begin reading to learn […]

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Osborn: Champions of Kid Success

After months of searching with neighbors, Brilliant Detroit moved into a perfectly located home in the Osborn neighborhood. 13800 Eastburn stands across Reno Street from a massive and beautiful park, a Boys and Girls Club, and Trix Academy. We knew such a location would drive participation, but the turnout at Osborn has been mind-blowing. On […]

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Love, Connection and Hope – Brilliant Detroit in the Spring of 2018

Love, Connection and Hope Greetings, As our journey continues, we are reminded that the power of love, connection, and hope surrounding this work are that which build community and indeed movement toward Kid Success Neighborhoods for all. Together with many of you, we are in the process of digging deeper. Deeper into new neighborhoods, with […]

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Join Brilliant Detroit for the Art Van Charity Challenge!

Dear Friends, We are grateful to be included in the Art Van Charity Challenge, which is taking place this year from Tuesday, May 1 at 12:00 pm through Tuesday, May 22 at 1:59 pm. With only 14% of Detroit students reading at grade level by 3rd grade and the fact that schools will start to […]

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