OUR STORY

In 2015 Brilliant Detroit was created to provide a radically new approach to kindergarten readiness in neighborhoods. The idea was to create a unique delivery model in our approach to early childhood development by using underutilized housing stock to create early child and family centers in neighborhoods. Input was gathered and a model that is designed with, for, and by neighbors was built. Brilliant Detroit homes provide holistic services for kids 0-8 predicated on evidence-based programs around health, family support, and education. Brilliant Detroit was born to create kid success neighborhoods. Today, in each location, neighbors come together for fellowship, activities and learning to assure school readiness, and provide needed support for families.

THE FACTS

Our role is to fundamentally change lives and assure all kids in each neighborhood have access to the tools to succeed.

What if?

  • Kids read at grade level by third grade.
  • Education, Health and Family Supports were aligned and working in concert for the benefit of our kids and families.
  • Communities led by neighbors had all they needed for kids to be educated, healthy and stable.
  • A central source had contact information for all kids less than eight years of age.

We are:

  • Designed with, for and by neighbors.
  • Centered around families and kids
    In 20 minute walkable areas in a centrally located home.
  • Using existing evidence - based partners to provide supports and assets.
  • Coordinating programs during the critical years of development.

We Will:

  • Increase Kindergarten Readiness.
  • Assure grade level reading by
    third grade.
  • Increase social connectedness.
  • Mobilize neighbors.
  • Stabilize neighborhoods.

STORIES FROM NEIGHBORHOODS

  • Dana Thomas

    Zumba changed my life. I heard about a Zumba class from a flyer distributed in my community by Brilliant Detroit. I went there to just exercise. When I got there the doors were open to so much more; parenting workshops, financial , couponing, anger management, cooking classes and the list goes on. I am learning skills and habits that will last me a lifetime. The best part is meeting people who have inspired me to reach for my dreams. They are life changing! Thank you Brilliant Detroit!

  • Leslie Foster

    I like parenting class so I can learn about being a better mother.

  • Ella Moton-Ivy

    We have attended classes here at Brilliant Detroit and we enjoyed it. We appreciate that food is served and that there is a place for the children to play while the adults are attending something of interest. There are quite a few programs and classes that are very informative and useful for the people that live in the community. Brilliant Detroit is amazing and a tremendous help to rebuilding our neighborhood.

  • Esmeralda Torres

    Brilliant Detroit is my home away from home. From being a participant to a staff member, I have been truly blessed to be part of such a force of nature. Brilliant Detroit came to my neighborhood and has left such a beautiful impression on my life and others who live here. It is that wonderful rainbow at the end of a storm. I have been impacted and am so happy to be able to continue to spread the wonders and amazement that will make us happier and healthier adults, children and communities. The enthusiasm Brilliant Detroit has put forth is contagious... Let's keep spreading this.

  • Guillermina García

    I am very grateful and happy for Brilliant Detroit. Their programs help me with my daily life and I learn new skills every time we have class. Thank you for all you do.

  • Martha Jiménez

    I like Brilliant Detroit because it offers us diverse workshops and activities that have helped strengthen me as a mother.

  • Evelyn Alvizar

    For me Brilliant Detroit is a great support and help in the education and care of my twins. It helps me to be a better mother, teaching me with new classes and learning from the experience of other mothers. Also because they offer childcare it gives me time for myself as a person. I learn, I get entertained and get to know great people. The Caregivers are excellent people whom I value so much, I appreciate how well they do their job and I realize this because my twins love to come and share with them. Thank you.

  • Claudia Ramos

    I feel very grateful for Brilliant Detroit and for all the programs offered at this site. I feel comfortable and happy with my teachers, classmates & the staff involved. Thank you!

  • Pateres Rushin

    I truly enjoy Brilliant Detroit. In the beginning I came for the certificate but in the end I have made many friends and gained a support team. I fell in love with the heart of the program because they have showed me not only how to parent but how to be a family. Brilliant Detroit is a program, a friend, a parent support partner.

  • Kenyetta M. Campbell

    Brilliant Detroit is helping our neighbors become connected with each other, and helping them to get what they need for our kids success.

TEAM MEMBERS

Aaron AppelGrowth and Development Manager

Coral ArruaIntake and Evaluation Coordinator

Darnetta BanksNeighborhood Engagement Manager

Zak BrattoDigital Coordinator

Hailey BriscoeHealthy Communities Health Educator

Larry CharlestonCommunity Engagement Manager

Cindy EggletonCo-Founder and CEO

Krystal HillDirector Of Programming

Crystal HumphriesSenior Community Engagement Manager

Safiya JacksonCommunity Engagement Manager

Sharon KilgoreNeighborhood Engagement Manager

Emma LautOperations & Special Projects Manager

Lulu MagdalenoChildcare Specialist

Tiana McClellanDirector Of Finance

Marlyn MinusCommunity Engagement Manager

Rakisha OdomCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Chelsea OwensStewardship Manager

Aryeh PerlmanVolunteer Coordinator

Oliver PookrumNeighborhood Engagement Coordinator

Migdalia PriceFacilities Manager and Engagement Coordinator

Megan ReevesHealth Program Manager

La'Shonta SmithCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Dana ThomasCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Esmeralda TorresNeighborhood Engagement Manager

Vanessa VelaCommunity Engagement Manager

Nakia WallaceCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Barbara ZaltzDevelopment Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Carolyn BellinsonTreasurer and Co-Founder

Jim BellinsonChair and Co-Founder

Cindy Eggleton

Roz Blanck

Erika Bocknek

Michael Brillati

Monica Duncan

Bali Kumar

Maria Montoya

Joyce Suber

Michael Tyson

Jason Velez

ADVISORY BOARD

Cassie WilliamsCo-Chair

Jeremy ViditoCo-Chair

Sarah Allyn

David Bowser

Andrew Bronstein

Asandi Conner

Geoff Hanson

Steve Jackinsky

Inglish Jones

John Portacio

Elizabeth Price

Minito Reasor

Abby Rubin

Aisha Scott

Michallene Thacker-Mann

Suvon Treece

Chris Tull

FUNDERS

MARY AND JONATHAN AARON

ADKISON, NEED, ALLEN & RENTROP, PLLC – KELLY ALLEN

ALLIANCE CATHOLIC CREDIT UNION

BARBARA AND GREGORY ALLUSHUSKI

BARBRA AND PETER ALTER

AMHERST PARTNERS

MARK ANGOTT

CAROL AND JOEL APPEL

BETH AND JEFF APPLEBAUM

KRIS AND ANDY APPLEBY

MINDY AND JIMMY ARONOVITZ

LISA AND BOB ARONSON

ART VAN FURNITURE

THE BARBAT ORGANIZATION

NORA AND GUY BARRON

LAUREN AND ERIC BEAN

JODI AND ADAM BECKER

CHRISTINE BELL

CAROLYN AND JIM BELLINSON

DARA BELLINSON

SUSAN BELLINSON

BENZINGA – JASON RAZNICK

JULIE AND ALLEN BERMAN

HADAS AND DENNIS BERNARD

BHB GROUP

BLACK FAMILY DEVELOPMENT

ROZ AND STANFORD BLANCK

AMY AND PAUL BLAVIN

MICHELE AND MITCHELL BLEZNAK

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN

BLUMENSTEIN FAMILY FOUNDATION

ERIKA AND ANDY BOCKNEK

BOOKSTOCK

MARCY BOROFSKY

BRIGHTLY

CHRISTINA AND STEPHEN BRILLATI

JULIE AND MICHAEL BRILLATI FAMILY

MARION AND HARVEY BRONSTEIN

ANDREA BROWN

JOEL BROWN

LISA AND ERIC BRONSTEIN

MARCY AND IAN BURNSTEIN

BUTZEL LONG

CADILLAC TRAVEL GROUP

CAMBRIDGE FINANCIAL

EMILY CAMIENER AND MARC SCHWARTZ

BETH AND GREG CAMPBELL

CAPACITY SOLUTIONS, LLC

MICHELLE AND DAVID CARROLL

JOANNE AND JOHN CARTER

CAUDILL THORNQUIST GROUP

CENTER FOR YOGA

ALICIA AND JEFFREY CHANDLER

MOLLY AND AARON CHERNOW

CHASE BANK – RICK ELLIS

CLARKSTON CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC

THE CLINTON FOUNDATION

ASALYN COACHMAN & KYLE ZWIREN - FINANCIAL ARCHITECTS, INC

MARK CODEN

DANA BASKIN COFFMAN

MARLENE AND JEFF COHEN

MICHAEL COLLINS

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN

WILLIAM COMPTON

COVINGTON PARTNERS

CRANBROOK SCHOOLS

CUTTING EDGE CUISINE – ZACK SKLAR

JAN AND GARY DABKOWSKI

PEGGY DAITCH AND PETER REMINGTON

ANITA AND DAVID DAUCH

SHUKRI AND DUNIA DAVID

MARGARET AND KIRK DAVENPORT

BETH AND JEFF DAVIDSON

GRETCHEN AND ETHAN DAVIDSON

KRISTIN DCZIEK AND FRIENDS

NICOLE DE BEAUFORT - EARLYWORKS LLC

NESREEN AND MARK DENHA - WIRELESS VISION

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RANDALL DENHA - DENHA & ASSOCIATES, PLLC

JA’NET DE-FELL AND MONICA DUNCAN

LINDSAY AND RYAN DEMBS - DEMBS DEVELOPMENT, INC

JACOB DEGOLISH AND KYLE BARCY

DETROIT CHILDREN’S FUND

JONATHAN DEWINDT - COLDWELL BANKER WEIR MANUAL REAL

ESTATE CONSULTANT

STACY AND ANDY DOCTOROFF

DOMINION REALTY SERVICES, LLC

DTE ENERGY

NICOLE AND STEPHEN EISENBERG

SCOTT EISENBERG

WENDY AND JEFF EISENSHTADT

SHELLEY AND MICKEY EIZELMAN

RENEE AND CRAIG ERLICH

AMY AND ERIC ERSHER

CYNTHIA AND THOMAS FABBRI

TERRI FARBER AND YOSSIE FLEISCHMANN

NADINE AND DAVID FARBMAN -HEALTHRISE

JOANN AND PATRICK FEHRING

RON FERBER

NIKI AND TODD FINK

LAUREN AND PHILLIP FISHER

MAX AND MARJORIE FISHER FOUNDATION

VIANNE AND VINCENT FLOYD

AMY AND JACK FOLBE

ELYSE AND DAVID FOLTYN

CATHY AND NATHAN FORBES

EMILY AND HENRY FORD III

KIM AND STEVEN FRIEDMAN

BRIDGET AND VITO FAZZOLARA - ANCHOR BAY TILE WORKS

NANCY AND DAVID GAD-HARF

SERGIO GASPERONI - CATALYST CLUB FOR KIDS

JENNIFER AND DAN GILBERT

GIRLFRIENDS' GLASSHOUSE EMPOWERMENT

GLOBE MIDWEST / ADJUSTERS INTERNATIONAL

GAYLE AND LORNE GOLD

SUSAN AND ROBERT GORDON

MARCY AND JOHN GOTTESMAN

GRAND VALLEY STATE CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICE

LORI AND SAM GRAY

NATALIE GRAY AND BRIAN BRODSKY

TRACEY AND LES GROSINGER

FRAN GROSS

KRISTEN AND CARL GROSS

LINDSAY GROSS

ANDREW GUTMAN - THE FARBMAN GROUP

TERRI AND ALBERT HADDAD

AMER HAKIM

ROSE AND DAVID HANDLEMAN

PAMELA HARON

JAMES HAMPTON

JENNIFER AND BRIAN HERMELIN

HILLEL DAY SCHOOL

JEFFREY HILLMAN

LAURA HIRSCHORN AND RON YOLLES

LEA AND PAUL HODGES

HONIGMAN, LLP

HOPE STARTS HERE

BARBARA AND MICHAEL HOROWITZ

SUSIE HOVSEPIAN - PAUL FOUNDATION

HUMBLE DESIGN

ELANAH AND RICK HUNGER

AMY HUNTER

HUNTER PASTEUR HOMES BRUSH PARK

IFF

DENISE ILITCH

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INA AND MURRAY PITT CHARITABLE TRUST

INFAITH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

INTEGRATED FIDUCIARY ADVISORY SERVICES

INTERSTATE RESTORATION, LLC

THE JAMIE AND DENISE JACOB FAMILY FOUNDATION

ANDREA AND DAVID JACOBSON

ROZ AND SCOTT JACOBSON

JAFFE, RAITT, HEUER & WEISS

JANE JAMES

KATIE AND JASON JANOSZ

STEVEN JBARA - GRAND RAPIDS DRIVE

JESSICA’S NATURAL FOODS

THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL

THE JEWISH FUND TEEN BOARD

THE JEWISH FUND

THE JEWISH FEDERATION

LIZ AND PETER JOELSON

MARJORIE AND MAXWELL JOSPEY FOUNDATION

MARLA AND JEFFREYKAFTAN

BETSY AND RICHARD KEIDAN

PATTI KELTER AND MARC COHEN

FERN AND BRIAN KEPES

CAROLYN KEST

SHERRI AND JIMMY KETAI

MICHELLE AND ROBERT KLEIMAN

CAROL KLEIN

DIANE KLEIN AND JEFFREY MAISELS

LINDA AND TOM KLEIN

STACY AND RON KLEIN

KPMG

ANESSA AND DAVID KRAMER

ERIC KRAUSE

THE KRESGE FOUNDATION

BALI KUMAR

DANA AND GLENN KUNNATH - TSA

DANA AND DAN LABES

ERICA LAWSON

MELISSA AND LARRY LAX

RAIGAN AND DAVID LEIDER

FREDA AND JOWL LERMAN

LIZ AND BARRY LESHMAN

NICOLE AND MATT LESTER

JAY LEVIN AND GREG ROWLEY

RACHEL AND JEFF LEVINE

ROBERT LEVY

JENNIFER AND STEVEN LEWIS

PATRICIA LEWIS

LISA AND HANNAN LIS

LISS, SEDER, AND ANDREWS

NANCY AND HOWARD LUCKOFF

MADDIN, HAUSER, ROTH & HELLER

RACHEL AND RICHARD MANDELL

MARTIN MANNA

DONNA AND MICHAEL MADDIN

THE MADISON GROUP

ZIEBEN MARE

MARLI EQUITIES, LLC

MOLLY AND STEVEN MCCLELLAND

LISA AND BRIAN MEER FOUNDATION

METROPOLITAN CHILDREN AND YOUTH INC

MICHIGAN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

MICHIGAN FITNESS FOUNDATION

MICHIGAN HEALTH ENDOWMENT

SCOTT MIEDEMA

SHEILA AND EUGENE MONDRY FAMILY FOUNDATION

MARIA MONTOYA

JULIE AND JEFF MORGANROTH

MOTHERS’ CENTER OF BIRMINGHAM AND BLOOMFIELD

JOY AND ALLAN NACHMAN

ANITA AND BOB NAFTALY

ABBEY AND KEN NATHAN

NEW ORDER COFFEE ROASTERS

PAM AND RICHARD NODEL

OFFICE FURNITURE SOLUTIONS

RACHEL AND JOSH OPPERER

HARRIET AND GREGG ORLEY

MARCIE AND ROB ORLEY

RICHARD PAGAC, JR - PAGAC & COMPANY, P.C.

SUSIE AND NORM PAPPAS

SAMANTHA AND ROSS PARTRICH

PATHWAYS FOUNDATION

PEAS AND CARROTS HOSPITALITY, LLC

LISA PERNICK AND BRUCE ISRAEL

PILOT PROPERTY GROUP, INC

LORI AND MAURICE POGODA

QUICKEN LOANS COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND

RUTH RATTNER

THE RESIDENCES AT THE ALBERT KAHN

MATT RILEY

SARAH RIUTTA

MICHELLE AND STEVEN RIVERA

RIVERSTONE

ELIZABETH ROSE

SANDY ROSEN AND MICHAEL BASSIRPOUR

DEBORAH AND STEVEN ROSENTHAL

JIM ROSENTHAL

AIMIE AND MICHAEL ROSNER

JULIE AND ADAM ROTHSTEIN

RTS FRANKLIN

DAVID RUBIN

NICOLE AND TIM RYAN

LOUISE AND TODD SABLE

SACHSE CONSTRUCTION

HEATHER AND LOWELL SALESIN

THE SALUS GROUP

TAMI AND DANNY SAMSON

BLUMA SCHECHTER

SCHECHTER INVESTMENT ADVISORS

JEREMY SCHMIDT

KAREN AND JEFF SCHOENBERG

THE SCHOSTAK FAMILY FOUNDATION

CATHY AND CHARLIE SCHWARTZ

RABBI DANIEL A. SCHWARTZ

SANDY AND ALAN SCHWARTZ

MICHELLE AND SCOTT SEGAL

SEID ENTERPRISES, LLC

BARB AND REX SESSIONS

SUSAN AND LUKE SHAEFER

LISA AND JOSH SHERBIN

ELLEN AND DAVID SHERMAN

JANE AND LARRY SHERMAN

LISA AND GARY SHIFFMAN

SUCHETA SHOHA

SUSIE SILLS AND MICHAEL LEVEY

SKILLMAN FOUNDATION

JULIE AND JULIO SOSA

SPIRE INTEGRATED SYSTEMS – NAVOT SHORESH AND BETTY CHU

JACKIE AND ERIK STAMELL

STAR TRAX EVENT PRODUCTIONS

DANIEL STERN - KAM MARINE

ILANA AND NOAH STERN

LISA AND SCOTT STERN

STERN FAMILY FOUNDATION

TREGER AND ROB STRASBERG

J. SCOTT TAYLOR

TEMPLE ISRAEL

SUSAN THOMAS

SHELLEY AND JOEL TAUBER

ROBERT TAUBMAN

TELEMUS

MIHA AND ERIC TODD

ELIE TORGOW

RACHEL AND YONI TORGOW

UNITED JEWISH FOUNDATION

THE UNITED WAY OF SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN

NATHAN UPFAL, P.C. LAW FIRM

EVELINA AND NOEL UPFALL

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE

UHY, LLP

KIM VEDDER

ARLENE AND STEPHEN VICTOR

KELLY AND DAVID VICTOR

VTC INSURANCE GROUP

WALLSIDE WINDOWS

STEFAN WANCZYK - UTICA ENTERPRISES, INC

WAYNE METRO

LISA AND MARC WEINBAUM

GWEN AND S. EVAN WEINER

ANN WEISMAN

SUSIE WICKER AND ADAM BELLINSON

HEIDI AND HANK WINEMAN

WINSTON AND STRAWN LLP

TINA AND JOE WOLF

THE ANDREA AND LAWRENCE WOLFE FOUNDATION

KAREN AND MARK WOODS

BARBARA AND IRA ZALTZ

JASON ZIMMERMAN

ZOUP! - AMY AND ERIC ERSHER

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