economic equity, social justice, & racial understanding
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New Detroit Today February 2014
New Detroit begins 2014 with a series of new and expanded initiatives that grew out of our goal of working to close the gap between the races in Southeast Michigan. Here’s a preview of some of our initiatives for 2014: • In the coming weeks we will issue our first Regional Race Equity Report exploring the current state of race relations in our region. This report, in preparation for much of the past year, grew out of our strategic planning initiative. It will not only identify issues that affect racial equity, but it will also commend organizations and individuals working to close the gap. •
Camp Enterprise, our summer business camp for high school students held on the campuses of Wayne State University and Michigan State University, will double in size in 2014. This will provide some 200 students a real world opportunity to create a business plan and pitch their idea to professionals, all while learning to successfully navigate college selection, finance, and admission processes including ACT/SAT/FAFSA.
We are expanding our technical assistance program for minority-owned businesses and its curriculum to help new or recently formed businesses in fields including human resources, commercial lending, legal, and marketing.
At Our Annual Board Meeting
Mayor Mike Duggan joined us at the Board of Trustees Annual Meeting on January 16th to discuss his views, goals, and hopes for the City as our new Mayor. His remarks focused on increasing Detroit’s population and improving the neighborhoods, which in turn, would improve the entire City. Mayor Duggan has committed to work with community partners and New Detroit to help move Detroit forward. We look forward to an ongoing dialogue with him and his administration. Additionally, the board received a Year End Report that highlighted some of our key accomplishments in 2013. They included: • Developed and expanded the curriculum of the Minority Small Business Financial Capacity Building and Commercial Lending Series. The series impacted more than 100 minority businesses that came to learn some business fundamentals as they seek to expand. •
Hosted the forum “Common Core Standards,” which brought together more than 60 of the region’s top education and civic leaders to learn from a panel of experts about the current condition and future of Common Core Standards in Michigan.
Expanded our annual Youth Summit on Race to more than 250 students from 90 high schools in the region. After the summit was concluded, 92 percent of students attending reported that they better understood the impact of race in their lives as a result of the summit. Additionally, 80 percent of participating students pledged to take further action to improve race relations in their schools and neighborhoods.
To learn more about our work and to view the full report, visit our website at www.newdetroit.org. Shirley R. Stancato President and CEO
New Detroit has been highlighted in a variety of media outlets. Here are some recent stories about our work featured in the news. 7 Action News reporter Andy Choi, who has enrolled in the Multicultural Leadership Series, continued his series of reports sharing his experience as a participant with Channel 7 viewers. Here he shares his report from the Native American community session on Detroit 2020. Crainâ€™s Detroit Business featured a column by New Detroit President and CEO Shirley Stancato explaining the conversations on race that New Detroit has helped to organize through the years and suggesting they provide a model of how we should move forward as this region continues to grapple with the dynamic of race. The current issue of B.L.A.C. Magazine features a cover story on New Detroit and President and CEO Shirley Stancato. ______________________________________________________________________________
www.newdetroit.org Visit our website and social media sites for more information and updates.
Published on Feb 7, 2014