Love, Connection and Hope
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 a new home purchased in the Mohican Regent, Osborn neighborhood and four more on the way. Deeper into our existing homes, working alongside more people coming by regularly and participating in programs often. Deeper in a growing vision of a Detroit where all are connected, regardless of zip code, and forming communities of opportunity and possibilities. This vision is represented more clearly daily in this effort and we are so glad to share in this journey with each of you and in this commitment to a Detroit where every family with children is school ready, healthy and stable.
Literacy Partnerships and Programs
Today 14 percent of our 3rd graders are reading at grade level in Detroit. 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 Grade Level Reading campaign. This will help advance the work started with Excellent Schools to collaboratively solve this issue. At the same time we are partnering in our locations with dozens of organizations to assure that every kid and family get what they need in order to be reading by 3rd grade.
We call this a belly to 8 effort because interventions that matter start in the womb. Some of what happens at our sites are: Make Your Date; Lena Start with Black Family Development and W-CHAP; Munger Leads When Munger Reads with a collaborative of partners; Raising a Reader in Detroit for the first time from a national, evidence-based program; Family Reading Journey; Pathways to Literacy with Detroit Parent Network; Play and Learns with our team and CARE of Southeastern Michigan; and ABC Mouse courtesy of United Way of Southeastern Michigan.
Osborn: A Tale of Community for Kids
George Preston is on a mission – he wants his neighborhood in Osborn to be a strong community of neighbors building toward Kid Success. His tireless efforts in conjunction with Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, Mohican Regent Neighborhood Association and Clarkston Capital has allowed Brilliant Detroit to open up in Osborn.
We’d like to tell you the story of a young woman from Ashland, Oregon, named Temple, who entered our lives this past summer as a gift to Brilliant Detroit and children and adults across our sites, especially our Southwest location where she helps manage childcare. Her dedication and gifts with childcare, as well as her deep connection to the Waldorf community, has led to a Waldorf-sponsored redesign of our Southwest childcare space, which we have lovingly named Temple’s Room.
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 about to end any time soon, for that hope bred an ongoing vision and dedication to what this space can become.
Brilliant Detroit has had over 200 volunteers connect with us in the last six months alone. These are people coming from the neighborhoods around all of our sites, as well as communities across Metro Detroit. Our vision of a region of neighbors committed to the success of each other and each other’s children is slowly coming together. We invite you to be a part of this story.
Please visit our volunteer website at brilliantdetroit.galaxydigital.com and become a fan to be kept alert of new volunteer opportunities. You can also feel free to reach out to our volunteer management team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!!!!!!!!
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