A Rose for Detroit Blog

Detroit youth talk about what it's like to grow up in the city

Detroit youth talk about what it's like to grow up in the city

This summer, we talked with Detroit youth to hear about their experiences of growing up in the city, and their perspectives on the current needs and challenges facing youth today. We visited parks and community centers in five different Detroit neighborhoods, speaking with a diverse mix of youth.
So what did we hear? .... ... Read More
Parents, youth and staff team up to improve after-school programs

Parents, youth and staff team up to improve after-school programs

When it comes to after-school program attendance, we like to say “youth vote with their feet.” Unlike school, youth usually attend after-school programs voluntarily, or their parents encourage them to go. If a program’s quality is no good, youth often walk away. Staff and volunteers are left wondering why the youth don’t return. ... Read More

Credit Recovery: Helping students make up for lost time

Two years ago, I spoke with Osborn Neighborhood Alliance parent mentors who were volunteering at the Osborn High School Campus. They were helping to “fill in the gap” at the schools, offering additional support to students on the campus to complement the work of the schools’ administrators and teachers. ... Read More

Creating a safe Detroit through police, resident partnership

Over the past couple of years we have been witness to a growing number of senseless and horrible acts of violence across the nation for which we have no real explanations or immediate answers. These acts of violence have fueled both anger and fear, and have the potential for major community disruption. ... Read More