Youth Community Agency launches holiday donation drive for young moms

Youth Community Agency launches holiday donation drive for young moms

Rodnesha Ross didn’t become a parent at an early age, but she relates to those do.  As a mentor to Detroit students, she knows young women with children of their own have unique needs.  Ross founded Youth Community Agency to help address those needs.  Originally formed in 2013 at Osborn High School with a focus […]

Bank of America funds service organizations’ programs critical to neighborhood stabilization

Bank of America funds service organizations’ programs critical to neighborhood stabilization

An increasing number of Detroit neighborhoods are garnering unprecedented interest and investment. That’s a good thing for everyone, according to Matt Elliott, Bank of America’s (BOA) Michigan market president, who is excited to see evidence of rising property values in pocketed blocks throughout Detroit. The gaps? That’s what Elliott and his team look to lessen […]

Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhoods land $20 million, multi-year investment

Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhoods land $20 million, multi-year investment

Growth is good. And it’s becoming more evident in Detroit’s neighborhoods, particularly in the Livernois-McNichols area where government, civic and neighborhood leaders gathered just an hour ago to announce the ground-breaking of the new 2.5-acre Ella Fitzgerald Park development. A morning celebration of the new HomeBase community center and Ella Fitzgerald Park brought Mayor Mike […]

Immigrants have positive impact on Detroit’s economy and culture

Immigrants have positive impact on Detroit’s economy and culture

Raquel Garcia is amazed by what she often learns from knocking on doors in Southwest Detroit. Hired to communicate with local immigrants about the personal and professional resources they might need, she frequently finds they’ve fared relatively well with little support outside their inner circles. Possessing a capacity for self-sustenance and more often than not […]

One program makes a difference in many lives: Building Healthy Communities impacts 16,000 students

One program makes a difference in many lives: Building Healthy Communities impacts 16,000 students

We called him “Mr. Fin.” I don’t remember too much else about my eighth grade health class teacher Don Finlayson, except his lanky, lean physique and wavy, silver hair. In his younger years, I think he’d been an athlete or a coach, maybe both. What struck me most about Mr. Fin was his vitality, though […]

Detroit STARS shine at World of Dance Championship

Detroit STARS shine at World of Dance Championship

For all it’s gone through as a city, Detroit still knows how to move. Want proof? STARS Elite Training Center won first place in the “Small Group 12 and Over” category in the World of Dance Championship in July in Seacaucus, NJ. Located at 19600 Grand River, STARS Elite Training Center also took fifth place […]

Partners for Progress: Teamwork guides multi-million-dollar neighborhood fund

Partners for Progress: Teamwork guides multi-million-dollar neighborhood fund

Freshly written corporate checks are only part of what’s needed to answer the call from Detroit neighborhoods that are among the last to experience new investment. Strategies including sustainability, market research and community support are the formula for effectively matching finances with housing and business initiatives that reflect resident interests, experts say. Among the challenges […]

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