HUman Development

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We believe that Community and Human development must be intertwined. Consistent with a holistic neighborhood focus, we strive for maximum impact on the advancement of children and adults as well as places. For example, in our community 53.9
 percent
 of 

residents
 have 
not 
graduated
 from high
 school,
 as 
compared
 to
 23.2 percent
 of 
all
 Detroiters;  29.8 percent 
of 
the population
 is
 at
 less
 than
 a
 9th
 grade
 educational
 level
 versus
 6.6 percent for
 the
 city
 as
 a
 whole
 while
 only
 2.6 percent
 of
 area
 residents
 have
 a
 bachelor’s
 degree
 or
 higher,
 compared
 to
 11.8
 percent of
 all
 Detroit
 residents.  

(Source,
 Data
 Driven
 Detroit, 
2012
 Data 
Profile, 
Springwells 
Village, 
Detroit,
 Michigan).

Therefore, we facilitate and participate within collaborative programs dedicated to moving the community toward higher levels of educational attainment within their own neighborhood. Here are examples of what this looks like in action:

  • Free preschool education at the All Saints Neighborhood Center:  All children  should start school with intensified “hard wiring” of the brain that takes place in the early years to maximize their capacity for life-long learning.
  • School Attendance
 Initiatives: 
 We facilitate a growing coalition to
 reduce
 chronic
 absenteeism
 particularly
 among
 middle
 and
 high
 school
 students to
increase
 academic
 achievement. These efforts are directed at developing laying the groundwork for both advanced education and improved prosperity among community residents.

  • Youth Workforce Development:  Creation of career development training and paid work experiences in business, public art, and curation of public spaces for 150 teens per year. Through workshops for our teen and young adult apprenticeships programs, we actively support entry into advanced training or post secondary education.