PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES (2019)
College & Career Readiness Workshops (Spring & Fall)
Annual DS Day of Impact
Annual Scholarship Soiree
Emerging Leaders Summer Intensive
Virtual College Tour
Annual Holiday Service Project
Holiday Brunch Fundraiser
"Speak Out" Webinars Quarterly
PAST EVENTS (NOT EXHAUSTIVE)
INAUGURAL SCHOLARSHIP SOIREE
Detroit Speaks’ scholarship soiree honors high school seniors that are preparing to transition to college. This afternoon is full of food, fun and fellowship in support of young people that DREAM BIG! The 2018 keynote speech was given by Russell Harris Jr., Chief Dream Director of The Future Project.
ANNUAL DAY OF IMPACT
We’re feeding families and fighting hunger in Metro-Detroit. DS Day of Impact 2017 explored the issue of food insecurity in partnership with Gleaners Food Bank, Forgotten Harvest and Earthworks Urban Farm.
Detroit Speaks, Inc. along with OseiCanYouCode and Unique Sisters helped scholars in Metro Detroit and surrounding areas to explore the many routes of entry to the tech industry through a moderated panel and hands on learning. The panel included Business Analysts, Quality Assurance Analysts, Programmers and Freelance Designers. Two students received coding workshop scholarships courtesy of Girl Develop It and five students left with a resume critique and interview preparation workshop courtesy of Meridian Healthcare.
Detroit Speaks, Inc. and The Neema Project collaborated to expose youth in Metro Detroit to college and career choices beyond their current circumstances. The event, gave attendees the chance to network and become familiar with young professionals who are dominating their current career fields. Representatives from local media, education, medical fields and entrepreneurs shared their stories to get our scholars to the “next level.” The event was held at Wayne County Community College and an academic advisor was in attendance to aid students with questions regarding college and career choices.
2016 School Supply Drive
We partnered with Crescent Academy to collect school supplies for their first graders. Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers we raised enough pencils, crayons, paper and folders for the entire grade!
The Speak Out: Finance 101
We’re big on teaching fundamentals of financial literacy at Detroit Speaks so this installment focused on money, money and more money! From how to make it, how to save it and everything in between, Financial Planner and L.A Insurance Franchisee, Ashley Maltbia walked us through every step to help make our money grow.
The Speak Out: The State of Detroit Public Schools
This installment of our webinar focused on the current state of the Detroit Public School System. Social Entrepreneur, Sherelle Hogan and DPS teacher, Parish Halsell gave us their insight and opinions on the conditions of the system as well as offering tips on how we can get involved and be the change that we wish to see!
Flint Water Fundraiser
In light of the Flint water crisis, we partnered with a local community activist, Crystal Caddell and popular Metro Detroit clothing boutique, A Diva’s Everything to collect water and monetary donations over a three week period from January 2016 to February 2016. Together, we were able to raise a substantial amount of donations that were respectfully distributed to the Flint Child Health and Development fund, Flint Community Schools, Triumph Church and the United Way of Genesee County.
Our year of giving back couldn’t be complete without our “Feed the Hungry Mission.” We picked a local food bank in the city of Detroit, gathered volunteers, hair nets and spatulas and got to work. As a team, we were able to feed over 100 people on the day after Christmas. The volunteers we gathered were local movers and shakers who were ready to use their influence to make a change...and that they did.
The Speak Out: Scholarships 101
Detroit natives, Brittany Stallworth and Lance Woods guided us on how to seek and secure hefty scholarships during this installment of The Speak Out. We not only learned the importance of scholarships but how to obtain them as wel
Back to School: Spree for Free
Each year, parents struggle financially to get their children the things they need for their wardrobe. In August of 2015, we held a clothing drive of new and gently used clothing while allowing parents and children to come to a well-known boutique to shop the donated items absolutely free! Each customer walked out with a shopping bag filled with clothing, socks and shoes. They walked away ready to take on the school year worry free!
The Speak Out: College 101
Participants received college, career and entrepreneurial advice from two amazing Detroiters!
This installment focused on vital information to prepare students for their first year of college with native Detroiters, Brittni Brown and Thomas Burrell. The webinar focused on the following areas: dorm life, financial aid, money management, health and study habits.