As Detroit Struggles, Foundations Shift Mission
YouthVille Detroit, a youth development organization, recently struck an agreement with the Detroit Science Center to create a science program, “Think Squad,” for local public television. The science center is providing money and scientific expertise, and YouthVille is contributing its production facilities and the production expertise of its teenage clients.
“The collaboration doesn’t benefit us financially,” said Judith D. Jackson, the chief executive of YouthVille. “But it does benefit our kids, and it brought us a lot of publicity, too.”
Under the same pressure from foundations to work together to obtain money, the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation has joined with Southwest Detroit Weed and Seed, a crime prevention program that involves the Detroit Police Department and local businesses and residents. By participating in the program, the Hispanic development organization got federal money to train police officers and school staff members in gang awareness and to run gang-prevention sessions in middle schools.
Angela G. Reyes, the group’s founder and executive director, said her organization would not have received any money for those efforts without the collaboration.
“It has helped us work better together and make better use of resources,” Ms. Reyes said.
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan
- Carnegie Corporation
- Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
- Detroit Science Center
- Ford Foundation
- Ford Motor Company
- General Motors Foundation
- Hudson-Webber Foundation
- Kresge Foundation
- Matrix Human Services
- Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
- Michigan Opera Theatre
- Skillman Foundation
- Southwest Detroit Weed and Seed
- The McGregor Fund
- The New York Times
- University of Michigan
- Women Arise
- YouthVille Detroit