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Stories of ImpactLearning Initiatives

Coaching Underserved Students to Success in College and in Life

The majority of jobs in Michigan – 62 percent – require a post-secondary education. Many underserved students are unable attain these jobs and the economic security that they will provide because they do not meet the education criteria. In community colleges, for example, only a fifth of students graduate.  Students often struggle as they navigate complex college requirements and juggle the demands of work, family and financial obligations.

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Stories of ImpactArts and Culture

Providing Cultural Opportunities to Underserved Families at the Detroit Institute of Arts

In an effort to connect with young audiences and celebrate arts and culture, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) hosts over 75,000 school-age children through programming each year. Families with young children are one of the museum’s target audiences, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities. However, throughout the DIA’s history, it has not launched an initiative with a specific focus on pre-school age children and their parents or guardians.

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Stories of ImpactEconomic Vitality

Creating a Space for Community at Atwater Beach in Detroit

The mission of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is to transform Detroit’s international riverfront – the face of the city – into a world-class gathering place: beautiful, exciting, safe, accessible and welcoming. Part of this mission includes improving the East Riverfront, which comprises 3.5 miles of waterfront from Joe Louis Arena to Gabriel Richard Park. The area is now 80 percent complete and includes three plazas and two significant fountains.

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NewsDetroit Free Press

Atwater Beach groundbreaking signals next big thing for Detroit riverfront

Detroit, MI (August 27, 2018)—The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy broke ground Monday afternoon on Atwater Beach, the latest addition to the city's waterfront attractions. Featuring a sandy "beach," play areas for kids and food and drink offerings, Atwater Beach will sit along the east riverfront between Chene Park East and Stroh River Place. When opened next year, the park also will feature a floating café barge serving food and drinks.

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