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.