City kids :
Nearly 20 years ago, 167,000 students were enrolled in Detroit Public Schools. Today, only 49,000 students attend school in the district, leaving over 150 vacant buildings. Matthew Lewis talks to a group working to repurpose one of them into a trade school in Brightmoor.
Supporters of youth advocacy programs say that when youth are a part of the solution they can help transform neighborhoods, schools, and communities -- and stay out of trouble in the mean time. Melinda Clynes makes the case in this report.
Writer Matthew Lewis says that a simple thing like a free art club, a place where neighborhood kids can get to know each other and learn to express themselves outside of the home and school, has done wonders to help build community in Brightmoor.
In Hamtramck, where immigrant families from all over the world have settled for generations, students are as likely to speak Arabic or Bengali as they are English. Amy Kuras discovers how the public schools are meeting the challenges of a multicultural population.
Lettie-Ann Miller, a senior at Osborn Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, tells us what it means for a 17-year-old from the northeast side to get an internship with GM. It solidified ties to her own community, she says.
Urban innovator Ingrid LaFleur recounts the first Afrofuturism class she taught for youth at the Carr Center, where she tied together mythology, poststructuralist theory, and contemporary politcs into a youth-friendly superhero package.
The Hmong people are an ethnic group that originates from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand and speak the Hmong language. Matthew Lewis introduces us to three recent high school grads from the Osborn neighborhood.
A panel and audience made up of arts educators and artists, teachers and other interested citizens joined in a spirited conversation at the Henry Ford Academy Elementary School last month. Matthew Lewis took notes.
The Detroit Achievement Academy, James and Grace Lee Boggs School and the Y Detroit Leadership Academy High School are opening this fall in the city. Amy Kuras shows us what we can expect.
Tonya Allen, Skillman's current CEO, who also created the Good Neighborhoods program and helped launch Excellent Schools Detroit, will become president of the foundation in the new year. Amy Kuras profiles this resourceful leader.
Join us this Thursday to hear from innovative educators on both sides of the state who are pushing the needle to ensure our city kids are bright, inquisitive and ready to tackle the challenges of the future. Register now.
Students at the Brenda Scott Academy are not part of a traditional academic setting. They have longer school days and remain in class 11 months out of the year. Matthew Lewis spent time there last week and witnessed good things beginning to develop.
The nonprofit has been working with three Detroit schools -- University Prep, Amelia Earhart Elementary School, and Bunche Elementary School -- since February. The program caters to specific student needs at each school. Melinda Clynes reports.
More than 4,000 Detroit kids each year get the benefit of a strong arts education thanks to the College for Creative Studies. Amy Kuras goes into the classroom to see students excited about learning. Marvin Shaouni gets the pictures.
One of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods, Southwest Detroit attracts people with its ethnic food options, its early 20th century residential architecture and, increasingly, for innovative learning projects. Amy Kuras reports from the classroom.
This Catholic college prep high school in Southwest Detroit stresses an eight year educational arc -- four at Cristo Rey and four more at the university level -- as its measure of success. Amy Kuras finds a story built on a foundation of hard work.
Detroit city kids are into transformational change, getting turned on by green living science projects, taking positive ownership of their own neighborhoods. Matthew Piper likes what he's hearing. Bonus video by Matt Dibble.
Creating a better environment for learning, restorative educational practices involves everyone inside school walls: students, food service staff, teachers, social workers, and principals. Melinda Clynes shows us how it's done.
Wayne Ramocan is program coordinator at the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, part of the Skillman Good Neighborhoods Initiative. Tunde Wey of the Urban Innovation Exchange gets the story.
Local activists launched 1Michigan, bringing attention to the challenges of immigrant youth and advocating for the passage of the federal DREAM act. Amy Kuras reports.
This multicultural group educates youth about national and local Asian-American history using community projects to help them understand the connection between Detroit and their heritage.
Students, teachers, administrators, and Model D partners from foundations and media jammed into Youthville for our speaker series on innovation in education. Walter Wasacz took the notes, Tony Eggert and Marvin Shaouni the pictures.
Law students from Brooklyn, Harvard, Virginia and Michigan schools get valuable training in a variety of civil rights issues at the Detroit office of the ACLU. They also get to know the city while they're here. Amy Kuras reports.
As students and teachers get ready to go back to school, let's talk about education in Detroit. What programs are leading to greater academic success for Detroit's children? Come to our next speaker series event tomorrow, Wednesday Aug. 29.
Leadership training, career exploration and goal setting are all part of the Mercy Education Project. Melinda Clynes reports.
Along with educating Detroit sophomores and juniors about agriculture-based sciences, the Golightly Agriscience Program also contributes to making the community more livable by raising transplants for community gardens and providing educational workshops to the public.
Three schools that have three things in common: excellent teaching, strong leadership and high expectations. Amy Kuras takes another deep dive into city education in part II of our series.
How do we get public education in Detroit to the next level? It's happening now, though some of the highest performing schools fly under the radar. Amy Kuras reports that good work is getting done: we just need more of it.
In the first month of Detroit4Detroit, over 50 Detroiters of all types and from around the city and country have stepped forward to make their mark on the city. Meet three of them.
Connections are being made in Detroit classrooms between the science curriculum, growing and eating good foods, creating better nutritional habits that lead to healthier lifestyles. Melinda Clynes puts her garden gloves on for this report.
It was a tough topic handled from all angles with vigor and "emotional intelligence." Not everyone agreed Detroit is experiencing gentrification but it's a good bet all can agree it's a subject worth the deep dive. Well done, everyone.
Jim Boyle is an optimist who regularly doses himself with reality. He's not really afflicted with the acute Detroit schizophrenia blues, but a keen observer of the changing cultural landscape. Follow the bouncing ball as he puts the year behind in perspective.
When Marvin Shaouni puts together his greatest hits of the past 12 months there are too many gems to isolate as favorites. So we won't. Sit back with us and enjoy the view.
Public and private institutions deliver creative learning options for Detroit's youth. Much of it is based on the city's rich legacy as an art and music powerhouse. Amy Kuras says experimental learning landscapes are opening up as a result.
There are many educational options to consider when raising your family in the city, say writers Melinda Clynes and Amy Kuras, who want to keep schools a part of every discussion of community engagement and redevelopment.
From his youth in a violent Detroit neighborhood, to his isolation as a black college student in a white environment, Ryan Oliver has struggled to define himself and his masculinity. It's a challenge that's been even more daunting because Oliver is biologically female.
Using passion ignited by his college sociology professor to advocate on behalf of the invisible transgendered community, Ryan Oliver's transformation into an LGBT leader has been hard fought -- and impressively won.
New partnership between Model D, Metromode and Between The Lines focuses on leaders in regional LGBT community and is supported by the HOPE Fund's Racial Equality Initiative.
Students at Detroit's Edison Elementary School are getting hands-on art training that could be the gateway to increased interest in higher education and a multitude of career options afterward. Melinda Clynes visits this creative class and comes back impressed with the results.
This month's event at the Boll Family YMCA downtown was a big hit. Buzz editor Ashley Woods was there with a packed house to take it all in.
Detroit is a city of families. With over 80,000 students
enrolled in DPS, and many more in private and charter schools, lots of
kids (and their parents) live here, too. Come to this event, see what the D has to offer you.
Steve Tobocman, the former state rep. from Southwest Detroit, lays out how welcoming immigrants can provide a powerful elixir for the region's economy in this Model D flashback.
Families that study together not only learn together but strengthen bonds between parents and children -- and make dinner conversations much more interesting. Dennis Archambault went out looking for success stories and found them in this report.
Accolades follow as they travel the globe, but Detroit's high school band directors make a lot of magic happen here at home, using music to help shape their students' futures.
We asked a group of teens to share with Model D what they love about their schools and living in the city. We also asked what they'd like to change about Detroit. We share their answers, in their own words.
Being a city kid seems to suit Anna Rose Canzano well. She swims in
Belle Isle canals, is on a Double Dutch team, and star gazes from the
riverfront state park. "Living in the suburbs would be torture for me,"
Cass Tech Sophomore Nathan Santoscoy loves reading and biking the Dequindre Cut. He loves the city's spirit: "I hope that by growing up in a city with that kind of character, some of it will rub off on me."
East Sider Maya Sewell loves the diversity in her neighborhood and school. She'd like to see the city's leadership straightened out: "If that could be changed, ever thing else that needs change will fall into place."
East Sider Anthony Kinsey, 17, loves sports and community service. He says: "The main thing that I would change about the city is putting in a mass