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Examples of Recent Community Projects

Bridging Neighborhoods works to positively impact the lives of Detroit residents who have experienced significant disenfranchisement and disinvestment.  The organization offers home-owners in lower density areas of the city a program to swap their homes for newly renovated homes in other parts of Detroit, and environmental mitigation of existing homes.   

Bridging Neighborhoods mentored a student who conducted research activities to assist in the evaluation of the effectiveness of the home swap program.

Detroit Food Academy works with local educators, chefs, and business owners to inspire young Detroiters through entrepreneurial experiences rooted in food-experiences to open doors, create connections, and cultivate confidence. From cooking delicious healthy meals for friends and family, to facilitating complex conversations with community, to developing artisanal food projects from scratch to market, students learn by transforming their ideas into reality.  

Detroit Food Academy mentored a student to engage with youth involved with the Summer Leadership Program.  The student surveyed youth as well as tested lessons through this forum.

LearnEarly & Arts Resurget delivers high quality professional development and educational programming to local early learning communities. With a focus on language, literacy, and integrated STEAM approaches, LearnEarly also offers supplemental workshops and learning experiences for parents and families of young children to leverage the power of instruction and engagement in the home environment.  

LearnEarly mentored 2 students who assisted with testing out early learning workshop concepts and with creating social media for the organization.  

Soulardarity is a grassroots organization that builds energy democracy in Highland Park, MI (a suburb wholly contained within the city of Detroit) and our neighboring communities with education, organizing, and community-owned clean energy.  

In summer 2018, Soulardarity mentored a student who did critical background research for the Blueprint for Energy Democracy (BFED), a guidebook for civic and community leadership aimed at making Highland Park a global model of sustainability and democracy.