1. U-M story lab to amplify Detroit River narratives

    In partnership with the Detroit River Story Lab, the Michigan Engaging Community through the Classroom at Taubman College has coordinated a number of courses this semester to focus on the Detroit River’s history.

  2. Drew Philp: Rehabbing Detroit one abandoned house at a time

    “People say Detroit is on a rebound. I vehemently disagree with that. One-third to one-half of all homes in the city have foreclosed. One in six homes don’t have water. I’ve tried to use my platform to talk about what I see happening in the neighborhoods and in the shadow of all of this money coming in.”
    ~ Drew Philp, author and journalist

  3. optiMize Detroit: Girls Giving Back Detroit focuses on community service

    Going forward, the leadership team hopes to introduce an online summer program. They plan to debut their program July 6. Their goal will be to help students retain and strengthen math and reading skills to foster a strong start to the upcoming school year. 

  4. optiMize-Detroit: Securing a vote for everyone with My Voice, My Vote, My Future

    Keirra Scott believes that becoming politically involved leads to the policy changes that build pathways to dismantle cycles of poverty and promote generational wealth within the city. “That’s what I’m fighting for.”

  5. optiMize-Detroit: Entrepreneur Jonae Maxey wants to make social impact through real estate 

    Jonae Maxey is working to change the “narrative of what Detroiters see when it comes to a landlord and real estate in general.” She also wants to set an example for other young Detroiters to stand up for the community and bring everyone together. 

  6. optiMize-Detroit: U-M students take Neighborhood United to the next step

    U-M students have been working on Neighborhood United’s social media presence. The team also has taken the past few months to formalize Neighborhood United’s organization, designing a membership handbook, approaching donors, and collecting feedback to return successfully in the fall.

  7. optiMize-Detroit: Bloom Bodies strengthens the community from within

    Going forward, optiMize has encouraged Bloom Bodies to use its $9,000 fellowship funds to act on community needs. The two focuses this summer are the pandemic and hurt within the community over racial injustice. 

  8. U-M students tackle social impact projects virtually

    Jeni Olney, mentor and associate director for Social Innovation at optiMize, said: “For our Detroit-Track teams, there is a deep-rooted and often relentless commitment they have to themselves and their communities to share knowledge and resources and create impact together.” 

  9. Damani Partridge: on filmmaking inspired by Berlin and Detroit

    The idea is that everyone has the right to do research and should be able to ask questions that will make their lives better. One doesn’t have to be in the academy to do research, everyday citizens can do research and it can lead to change.

    ~ Damani Partridge