Where has your money gone in 2013?! Please read about our project focused giving within each of our partner organizations.
Racquet Up: In 2013 our $20,000 grant supported sending 10 Racquet Up teammates to the Urban Team Nationals, sending 40 RU youth to a city summer camp of their choice AND supporting a new 5th grade class (VERY exciting growth!!) beginning in the 2014 season.
Detroit Achievement Academy: In 2013 our $17,656 went to supporting the charter school in their initial year. The largest impact of our donation is being the major support for the daily bus route. As the renovations began to prepare for the 2013-2014 school year we got our hands a little dirty and painted the DAA’s front staircase in signature rainbow colors. Our additional contributions extend to daily necessities like security window bars, math learning tools and field trips to the zoo!
Alternatives for Girls: The introduction was made to Alternative’s for Girls through our spring 2013 “Attention Detroit Campaign”. In 2013 Born and Raised donated $12,400 to sponsor AFG’s Adventure Club. Our initial commitment of $10,000 supports Adventure Club 6 outdoor excursions and 24 hours of educational workshops. This includes everything from white water rafting in Pennsylvania to learning Groove Yoga. In fall 2013 when AFG came to us asking for an additional $2,400 to support the Adventure Club’s academic challenge for the 2013-2014 school year we were totally on board. The challenge consists of sending 4 middle & 4 high school girls, half with the highest and half with the most improved GPA, on a youth service trip to Costa Rica. We are sponsoring 2 girls on this trip, which will provide a unique and eye opening experience.
Beyond Basics: In 2013 Born and Raised donated $11,500 to support getting 40 kids reading at grade level in just 6 weeks using the Beyond Basics phonics teaching aid. Because of Born and Raised a relationship was formed between two Beyond Basics and another BARD partner organization, Horizons Upward Bound. Beyond Basics performed a reading assessment testing to the Horizon’s Upward Bound student body. This provided necessary and critical feedback on how best to utilize time to ensure the HUB students are receiving focused and critical learning development.
Ruth Ellis Center: Another “Attention, Detroit” campaign recipient, Born and Raised granted $10,000 to support the REC Second Stories Drop-In Center. The Drop-In Center provides a safe haven for LBGTQ youth. This is a place where kids can get a hot meal, hot shower, utilize facilities and feel the camaraderie of community.
Horizons Upward Bound: Our final “Attention, Detroit” campaign recipient, Born and Raised donated $10,000 to support an inaugural 6 week Math and Science Summer (MASS) program for 30 high school students being held at the Youthville facility, HUB’s pilot Detroit campus.
Summer in the City: Summer in the City’s 2013 grant request expressed the need for $5,000 funding to contribute towards building a community garden near their Southwest Detroit headquarters. SITC broke ground on their community garden in the summer of 2013. The garden acts as a work space, learning space and food source for local residents.
Reaching Higher: Our $5,000 grant sponsors a support classroom at Westside Christian Academy for at risk teens. These classrooms provide a safe haven for youth to talk about what troubles them, but most importantly makes them feel apart of a community. They are taught coping skills and have the ability to talk through issues rather than internalize their emotions. By creating a supportive structure, teens can learn the development skills necessary to live healthier, happier lives. These skills are enacted through improved self-confidence and social competence, improved academic achievement and conflict resolution skills.
Midnight Golf: Our 2013 $3,500 grant to Midnight Golf sponsors 2 students to complete the 30 week empowerment program. The program meets 2 times a week. In addition to the game of golf, the program focuses on life skills taught by professionals in certain fields. These life skills courses range from conflict resolution, to community activism to college preparation and financial literacy. Through the game of golf there is a strong focus on determination, patience, professional development, appreciation and success. Since 2001 more than 80% of the students who have completed the program graduate from 90 different colleges and universities.
Work of Art: Our $2,500 to Work of Art provides teachers with an avenue to increase participation and understanding of lesson plans by bringing art supplies into the classroom. Our $2,500 grant supports one classroom. Integrating arts education into the classroom not only helps the youth understand the subject matter, but it helps build communication skills. Through our partnership with Work of Art, Born and Raised suggested that Detroit Achievement Academy apply for a classroom grant. DAA won two classroom grants for 2014. We could not be more excited to see our awesome partner organizations working together!
Detroit Swims: BARD’s 2013 grant of $1,950 teaches 30 kids critical water safety and swimming skills. By focusing on specific swim techniques, Detroit Swim’s program teaches a child swimming proficiency within an 8 lesson program. The transition from “fear of water” to safety skills, to basic swim strokes to feeling comfortable in the water ensures that Detroit’s youth will be able to enjoy all the beautiful lakes and bodies of water that Michigan has to offer!
Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS): Born and Raised’s $850 donation sponsored the 2012-2013 holiday for a deserving family.
Vote Detroit: Born and Raised donated $500 to the grassroots effort focused on informing citizens and registering voting age Detroiter’s for the 2013 election. This is a local, nonpartisan awareness campaign about the importance of political participation.