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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Osborn: A Tale of Community for Kids

We met Mr. Preston when we were considering the move to our newest Brilliant Detroit home in the Mohican-Regent neighborhood of Osborn. He heads up the neighborhood group leading change in his area and we connected immediately thanks to the recommendation of Quincy Jones and Kayana Sessoms of Osborn Neighborhood Alliance. He fully checked us […]

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When the Neighborhood Comes Together and an Angel Steps In

When our Central house opened in 2016, a participant tearfully explained how moving it was for her to see this corner house transform from blighted vacancy to a vibrant and populated space. The transformations are not going to end any time soon, for that hope bred an ongoing vision and dedication to what this space […]

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A Path Forward

There are times in our lives when we discover a place that changes everything. For Safiya Jackson, better known as Blonde and Blue Girl or simply Blue, that place was Brilliant Detroit. Blue is “a mom of two who’s always looking for something to do with [her] children that isn’t super expensive and yet still […]

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Literacy Partnerships and Programs – Spring 2018

Today 14 percent of our 3rd graders in Detroit are reading at grade level. We all know that this is unacceptable and that we must work together to make this a reality of the past. At Brilliant Detroit we are so glad to be partnered with United Way of Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM) on a city-wide […]

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