This wildly successful event has enabled us to make our second round of grants. We are excited to announce that Born & Raised Detroit Foundation has partnered with four wonderful Detroit charities: Camp Casey, Summer in the City, Work of Art and the Midnight Golf Program. To learn more about how BARD is working with these organizations, read about the specifics of the grants below:
Summer in the City
Born and Raised Detroit Foundation has partnered with Summer in the City to support their initiative with the Glazer Summer Academy.
Since 2002, Summer in the City volunteers have invested over 150,000 hours of high-caliber service in Detroit and Detroiters. Summer in the City projects — Paint, Plant, Play — offer an experience that is fun, flexible and fulfilling for over 200 volunteers every day, all summer long.
The mission of Summer in the City is to change the impact of volunteers on Detroit and of Detroit on volunteers. By bringing a diverse group of young people together to invest their energy in Detroit, Summer in the City programs address the immediate needs of city neighborhoods and foster a regional mindset.
In 2005, Focus: HOPE (focushope.edu) enlisted Summer in the City to paint a mural at Glazer Elementary School on Detroit’s west side. Everything was progressing smoothly except for the pesky, irresistible students who kept coming to the gym, distracting our volunteers. So, Project Play was born. Our high school and college volunteers now have the opportunity, privilege and challenge of spending summer days with Detroit’s extraordinary elementary schoolers. Beyond tutoring, the essence of the volunteer’s role is to be a supportive buddy and enthusiastic ally with whom to read, write, draw, paint, dance, sing, dribble, pass, field trip, and laugh.
Over the next five years, Glazer went through three principals, nearly closed twice and then converted into a charter school. Summer in the City has been a constant through all that turbulent time.
New Paradigm for Education (NPFE), the Glazer Charter School Operator, has approached Summer in the City with an innovative partnership proposal. Previously, Summer in the City ran at the same time as summer school, and only kids who were not required to attend could participate in Summer in the City. NPFE, having seen firsthand the engaging, enriching experience we provide– at no cost to students– has proposed building Glazer’s summer school curriculum around Summer in the City.
The Glazer Summer Academy will offer students and volunteers the best of both worlds: all the fun of Summer in the City — arts, sports and field trips — integrated with dynamic academics. This endeavor would be unprecedented as both an opportunity and a challenge. Summer in the City staff and volunteers will work with Glazer instructors to provide an inclusive learning environment that meets each student’s individual needs. In addition to the expanded leadership and curricular resources, the program would grow from 40 students in previous summers to 100.
BARD is funding the cost per student ($10 per student per week) making it possible for Summer in the City to offer a rich educational and recreational experience to Detroit students, who don’t get the attention they deserve during the school year. BARD is also extremely excited to volunteer this summer with Summer in the City.
Work of Art
Born and Raised Detroit Foundation is sponsoring a classroom for the 2012-2013 school year. All of the funds granted by Born and Raised Detroit will go directly to a Detroit school teacher to be used for her classroom.
A registered 501(c)3 non-profit The Work of Art was founded to address the widespread issue of a lack of funding for art education in classrooms today.
What does that really mean?
Art programs are generally the programs cut first in schools due to budgetary issues in education. The Work of Art’s mission is to reintegrate art education (whether it be visual or performing) into the existing classroom curricula of classrooms without art funding.
How does it work?
A classroom teacher (that does not have Art funding in their school) is able to apply for a $2,500 grant to purchase the supplies necessary to integrate art education back into their existing classroom curriculum. But that isn’t enough; the teacher will then involve another non-profit group in their classroom project.
What does it look like?
Imagine an English teacher engaging students in a writing unit. Rather then only teaching the writing process, the teacher decides to integrate a publishing component to the unit. Because of funding available through The Work of Art, the teacher will have access to the resources for each student to illustrate their books, create original covers and learn how to bind the book through sewing the binding. Then the class will take the unit one step further, they will donate their original work to a children’s hospital to augment the library. Not only will this unit engage the right and left side of every student’s brain, but it will also show students what it feels like to “pay it forward”.
Why is The Work of Art’s mission important?
It has been proven that art education helps with brain activity, can help student’s understanding of academic subjects like math and science, nurtures innovation, aides in the development of self esteem, communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills. But art education has been deemed expendable by schools systems facing deficits in their funding. Supporting The Work of Art will help to increase access to art funding for motivated and will give students access to well rounded learning experiences (inclusive of art) within the classroom.
Who will it benefit?
The Work of Art has decided to start locally with grant giving. Teachers in Detroit will have the first opportunity to apply for our grant. Their students and the non-profit group the teacher decides to partner with will benefit directly from the $2,500 grant.
Born and Raised Detroit Foundation has partnered with Camp Casey to support four Horsey House Calls for children and families in the Metro-Detroit area.
Camp Casey is a grassroots, nonprofit horseback riding and outreach program for children with cancer.
The purpose is to provide home visits from Camp Casey to children living with cancer and their families as part of our Horsey House Calls program.
Horsey House Calls surprises children with a knock on the door and a horse on their doorstep. Horsey House Calls provide an afternoon of riding and fun all in the family’s yard. Camp Casey seeks to empower families and volunteers by providing cost-free, safe, and fun outings that promote building bonds within families, communities and those going through similar circumstances.
Camp Casey comes equipped with a horse, a certified Equine Therapist, arts and crafts projects, and lunch to provide an afternoon of fun for cancer patients, their families and friends. A child can forget his or her disease and bond with loved ones, volunteers and Camp Casey’s horse all in the comfort of the child’s home.
Midnight Golf Program
Born and Raised Detroit Foundation is sponsoring three students to attend the 2012 Road Trip to Success.
The Midnight Golf Program (MGP) is a 30 week empowerment and mentoring experience that teaches life skills including financial literacy, college preparation, community activism, as well as, learning to play golf. It is a program that makes a positive impact in the lives of the participants.
Nearly 800 young people have completed the 30-week program, with more than 600 enrolled in 84 different colleges and universities across the United States.
MPG students will be traveling from Sunday, April 8th through Saturday, April 14th. The trip includes stops in Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA and Birmingham, AL. The students will visit six universities, a number of unique cultural experiences and play golf.
On behalf of the Born and Raised Board, these awesome organizations, we sincerely thank you for your support and generous contributions.