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 BrattoMedia Manager

Hailey BriscoeHealthy Communities Health Educator

Larry CharlestonCommunity Engagement Manager

Cindy EggletonCo-Founder and CEO

Edwin GeronimoCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Krystal HillDirector Of Programming

Crystal HumphriesSenior Community Engagement Manager

Safiya JacksonCommunity Engagement Manager

Sharon KilgoreNeighborhood Engagement Manager

Tanya KudlaOrganizational Specialist

Emma LautSenior Operations Manager

Lulu MagdalenoChildcare Specialist

Marlyn MinusCommunity Engagement Manager

Destiney MohammedCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Rachelle MorganCommunity Engagement Manager

Rakisha OdomCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Chelsea OwensStewardship Manager

Janet OyebodeCommunity Engagement Manager

Aryeh PerlmanVolunteer Coordinator

Migdalia PriceFacilities Manager and Engagement Coordinator

Megan ReevesHealth Program Manager

La'Shonta SmithCommunity 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

Bali Kumar

Richard Smart

Joyce Suber

Michael Tyson

JJ Velez

ADVISORY BOARD

Executive Board

Geoff Hanson

Elizabeth Price

Minito Reasor

Cassie WilliamsCo-Chair

Jeremy ViditoCo-Chair

Shanel Adams

Sarah Allyn

David Bowser

Andrew Bronstein

Flora Conley

Asandi Conner

Christa Funk

Brandon Gleaton

Inglish Reed-Jones

Abby Rubin

Michallene Thacker-Mann

Suvon Treece

Chris Tull

FUNDERS 2019-2020 ($500+)

MARY AND JONATHAN AARON

PATRICE AARON

ADKISON, NEED, ALLEN & RENTROP, PLLC

ALLIANCE CATHOLIC CREDIT UNION

BARBARA AND GREGORY ALLUSHUSKI

BARBRA AND PETER ALTER

AMHERST PARTNERS

MARK ANGOTT

BOB APPEL

CAROL AND JOEL APPEL

BETH AND JEFF APPLEBAUM

KRIS AND ANDY APPLEBY

JOANNE AND DANNY ARONOVITZ

MINDY AND JIMMY ARONOVITZ

LISA AND BOB ARONSON

ART VAN FURNITURE

ATLAS PLUMBING SUPPLY

THE BARBAT ORGANIZATION

NORA AND GUY BARRON

LAUREN AND ERIC BEAN

TREVOR BECHTEL

JODI AND ADAM BECKER

CAROLYN AND JIM BELLINSON

SARAH BELLINSON AND FRIENDS

SUSAN BELLINSON

SUSAN AND TOM BELLINSON

BENZINGA – JASON RAZNICK

HADAS AND DENNIS BERNARD

BHB GROUP

ROZ AND STANFORD BLANCK

MICHELE AND MITCHELL BLEZNAK

BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES

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

NATALIE AND BRIAN BRODSKY

LILLIAN AND DAVID BRONER

ANDREW BRONSTEIN AND FRIENDS

LISA AND ERIC BRONSTEIN

MARION AND HARVEY BRONSTEIN

ANDREA BROWN

JOEL BROWN

MARCY AND IAN BURNSTEIN

BUTZEL LONG

ROSANGEL AND MIGUEL CABRERA/DETROIT TIGERS FOUNDATION

CADILLAC TRAVEL GROUP

EMILY CAMIENER AND MARC SCHWARTZ

BETH AND GREG CAMPBELL

CAPACITY SOLUTIONS, LLC

CARL’S FOUNDATION

MICHELLE AND DAVID CARROLL

JOANNE AND JOHN CARTER

THE CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION

SUSIE AND BOB CITRIN

CLARKSTON CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC

THE CLINTON FOUNDATION

ASALYN COACHMAN & KYLE ZWIREN - FINANCIAL ARCHITECTS, INC

DANA BASKIN COFFMAN

MARLENE AND JEFF COHEN

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN

COVINGTON PARTNERS

JAN AND GARY DABKOWSKI

PEGGY DAITCH AND PETER REMINGTON

SHUKRI AND DUNIA DAVID

BETH AND JEFF DAVIDSON

KRISTIN DZICZEK AND FRIENDS

NICOLE DE BEAUFORT - EARLYWORKS LLC

JACOB DE GOLISH

DELOITTE

LINDSAY AND RYAN DEMBS - DEMBS DEVELOPMENT, INC

NESREEN AND MARK DENHA - WIRELESS VISION

RANDALL DENHA - DENHA & ASSOCIATES, PLLC

DETROIT CHILDREN’S FUND

DETROIT INSTITUTE FOR CHILDREN

JONATHAN DEWINDT - COLDWELL BANKER WEIR MANUEL

FRANCES R. DEWING FOUNDATION

JOHN D. AND JEAN E. DINAN FOUNDATION

STACY AND ANDY DOCTOROFF

DOMINION REALTY SERVICES, LLC

DREAM BIG, LLC

DTE ENERGY

DYLAN DUNNE

EAGLES FOR CHILDREN

CINDY EGGLETON

NICOLE AND STEPHEN EISENBERG

WENDY AND JEFF EISENSHTADT

SHELLEY AND MICKEY EIZELMAN

CJ EMBRY AND FRIENDS

RENEE AND CRAIG ERLICH

AMY AND ERIC ERSHER

CYNTHIA AND THOMAS FABBRI

TERRI FARBER AND YOSSIE FLEISCHMANN

NADINE AND DAVID FARBMAN -HEALTHRISE

BRIDGET AND VITO FAZZOLARA - ANCHOR BAY TILE WORKS

JOANN AND PATRICK FEHRING

RON FERBER

NIKI AND TODD FINK

LAUREN AND PHILLIP FISHER

MAX M. & MARJORIE S. FISHER FOUNDATION

VIANNE AND VINCENT FLOYD

AMY AND JACK FOLBE

ELYSE AND DAVID FOLTYN

CATHY AND NATHAN FORBES

EMILY AND HENRY FORD III

ANNEMARIE AND LUKE FORREST

KIM AND STEVEN FRIEDMAN

NANCY AND DAVID GAD-HARF

SERGIO GASPERONI - CATALYST CLUB FOR KIDS

JENNIFER AND DAN GILBERT

GAYLE AND LORNE GOLD

GOLDMAN SACHS PRIVATE WEALTH MANAGEMENT

MARCY AND JOHN GOTTESMAN

RODGER AND KATE GRAEF FAMILY FOUNDATION

GRAND VALLEY STATE CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICE

THE HONORABLE JENNIFER GRANHOLM AND DANIEL MULHERN

LORI AND SAM GRAY

TRACEY AND LES GROSINGER

FRAN GROSS

KRISTEN AND CARL GROSS

LINDSAY GROSS

GROVES HIGH SCHOOL

ANDREW GUTMAN

TERRI AND ALBERT HADDAD

DENVER HAGAN

AMER HAKIM

ROSE AND DAVID HANDLEMAN

PAMELA AND DAVID HARON

JENNIFER AND BRIAN HERMELIN

HILLEL DAY SCHOOL SECOND GRADE

JEFFREY HILLMAN

LAURA HIRSCHHORN AND RON YOLLES

LEA AND PAUL HODGES

HONIGMAN, LLP

HOPE STARTS HERE

BARBARA AND MICHAEL HOROWITZ

HUMBLE DESIGN

ELANAH AND RICK HUNGER

AMY HUNTER

DENISE ILITCH

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INTEGRATED FIDUCIARY ADVISORY SERVICES

INTERMIX

ANDREA AND DAVID JACOBSON

ROZ AND SCOTT JACOBSON

JAFFE, RAITT, HEUER & WEISS

STEVEN JBARA - GRAND RAPIDS DRIVE

JESSICA’S NATURAL FOODS

THE JEWISH FUND

THE JEWISH FUND TEEN BOARD

LIZ AND PETER JOELSON

MARJORIE AND MAXWELL JOSPEY FOUNDATION

MARLA AND JEFFREY KAFTAN

PATTI KELTER AND MARC COHEN

FERN AND BRIAN KEPES

SHERRI AND JIMMY KETAI

MICHELLE AND ROBERT KLEIMAN

DIANE KLEIN AND JEFFREY MAISELS

LINDA AND TOM KLEIN

STACY AND RON KLEIN

KPMG

ANESSA AND DAVID KRAMER

THE KRESGE FOUNDATION

BALI KUMAR

DANA AND GLENN KUNNATH - TSA

DANA AND DAN LABES

KRISTA LALIBERTE

ERICA LAWSON

MELISSA AND LARRY LAX

RAIGAN AND DAVID LEIDER

FREDA AND JOEL LERMAN

LIZ AND BARRY LESHMAN

NICOLE AND MATT LESTER

JAY LEVIN AND GREG ROWLEY

MAGGIE AND ROBERT LEVY

JENNIFER AND STEVEN LEWIS

ROCHELLE AND ART LIEBERMAN

LISA AND HANNAN LIS

LISS, SEDER, AND ANDREWS

NANCY AND HOWARD LUCKOFF

MADDIN, HAUSER, ROTH & HELLER, P.C.

DONNA AND MICHAEL MADDIN

RACHEL AND RICHARD MANDELL

LISA AND BRIAN MEER

MICHIGAN FITNESS FOUNDATION

MICHIGAN HEALTH ENDOWMENT FUND

MICHIGAN MASONIC CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

ANGUS MILLER

SHEILA AND EUGENE MONDRY FAMILY FOUNDATION

MARIA MONTOYA

JULIE AND JEFF MORGANROTH

MOTOWN RECORDS

MARLA MUZIK AND KATE ROSENBLUM

JOY AND ALLAN NACHMAN

ANITA AND BOB NAFTALY

ABBEY AND KEN NATHAN

NEW ORDER COFFEE ROASTERS

PAM AND RICHARD NODEL

NOMMONTU FOUNDATION

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

PAUL FOUNDATION - SUSIE HOVSEPIAN

PEAS AND CARROTS HOSPITALITY

LISA PERNICK AND BRUCE ISRAEL

PILOT PROPERTY GROUP, INC

PITNEY BOWES FOUNDATION

EMILY AND JEFF PITT

INA AND MURRAY PITT CHARITABLE TRUST

LORI AND MAURICE POGODA

QUICKEN LOANS COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND

RUTH RATTNER

THE RESIDENCES AT THE ALBERT KAHN

MATT RILEY

RITE AID FOUNDATION

SARAH RIUTTA

MICHELLE AND STEVEN RIVERA

ROEPER SCHOOL

WENDELL AND DORIS ROGERS FOUNDATION

ELIZABETH ROSE

DANA AND DOUG ROSEN

SANDY ROSEN AND MICHAEL BASSIRPOUR

DEBORAH AND STEVEN ROSENTHAL

AIMIE AND MICHAEL ROSNER

JULIE AND ADAM ROTHSTEIN

DAVID RUBIN

LOUISE AND TODD SABLE

HEATHER AND LOWELL SALESIN

SALUS GROUP

TAMI AND DANNY SAMSON

SELAM AND DERRON SANDERS

BLUMA SCHECHTER

SCHECHTER INVESTMENT ADVISORS

JEREMY SCHMIDT

KAREN AND JEFF SCHOENBERG

THE SCHOSTAK FAMILY SUPPORT FOUNDATION

CATHY AND CHARLIE SCHWARTZ

SANDY AND ALAN SCHWARTZ

MICHELLE AND SCOTT SEGAL

ELAINE AND MICHAEL SERLING

BARB AND REX SESSIONS

LISA AND JOSH SHERBIN

ELLEN AND DAVID SHERMAN

JANE AND LARRY SHERMAN

CLAUDIA SILLS

SUSIE SILLS AND MICHAEL LEVEY

THE SKILLMAN FOUNDATION

SOMERSET COLLECTION

JULIE AND JULIO SOSA

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN HEALTH ASSOCIATION

SPIRE INTEGRATED SYSTEMS – NAVOT SHORESH AND BETTY CHU

JACKIE AND ERIK STAMELL

STAND TOGETHER FOUNDATION

STAR TRAX EVENT PRODUCTIONS

DANIEL STERN - KAM MARINE

LISA AND SCOTT STERN

ST. HUGO PARENT TEACHER GUILD

LOREN AND BOB STONE

JOYCE SUBER AND PRAYER GROUP

MARCY AND JOHN SZNEWAJS

SHELLEY AND JOEL TAUBER

ROBERT TAUBMAN

TCF BANK

TEMPLE ISRAEL

TELEMUS

SUSAN THOMAS

MIHA AND ERIC TODD

RACHEL AND YONI TORGOW

ANN MARIE UETZ - FOLEY & LARDNER LLP

UNITED WAY OF SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN

NATHAN UPFAL, P.C. LAW FIRM

EVELINA AND NOEL UPFALL

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE

UHY, LLP

JJ VELEZ AND FRIENDS

KELLY AND DAVID VICTOR

WALLSIDE WINDOWS

WALTERS FAMILY FOUNDATION

SUSAN WALTZ AND JACK SMITH

STEFAN WANCZYK - UTICA ENTERPRISES, INC

WAYNE METRO COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY

ERICA WEDES AND JEFF JOHNSON

LISA AND MARC WEINBAUM

GWEN AND S. EVAN WEINER

ANN WEISMAN

SUSIE WICKER AND ADAM BELLINSON

HEIDI AND HANK WINEMAN

RICHARD WINKELMAN

TINA AND JOE WOLF

KAREN AND MARK WOODS

BARBARA AND IRA ZALTZ

BLOGS TO READ

Gratitude for the Project 2 Women’s Empowerment Workshop!

We’re so grateful to team up with the Project 2 Women’s Empowerment Workshop and appreciate the shout-out on their blog! You can find the blog link here and the post below: — Project 2 Partners With Brilliant Detroit Project 2 has been honored to team up with Brilliant Detroit for the Project 2 Women’s Empowerment Workshop. Cindy Eggleton […]

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A Fall Reading List for Volunteers, by a Volunteer!

Patricia Hill is the co-creator of EducatorTools.info, a website dedicated to offering helpful resources and inspiration to both established and aspiring educators. She’s also a Brilliant Detroit volunteer. Over the past month, she created a reading list for the Brilliant community that asks a powerful question: what does it mean to be a community leader […]

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313Speaks is making sure our kids are building an early vocabulary

Something exciting is brewing in Detroit and across the country. Last year, representatives of Brilliant Detroit and the City of Detroit went to Providence, RI, where top early childhood education leaders gathered to talk about replicating the Providence Talks program. “Providence Talks proposes to do something never before attempted at the municipal level: to intervene […]

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