Sometimes events have consequences that even the most experienced planners cannot anticipate. For us, the Transformation Detroit media briefing was an opportunity for journalists to explore parts of the city that rarely get attention and introduce them to the people who are actively changing the face of Detroit.
Along the way a speaker we’d ask to speak about the state of education in Detroit could not make it so Penny Bailer, executive director for City Year Detroit, and Jessica Lovy, City Year Detroit senior corps member, agreed to fill in. The City Year folks were a terrific choice. Each year, City Year Detroit corps members act as mentors to 500 students in grades K-12, helping them thrive and reach new heights in subjects such as reading, writing, math and science. They truly make a difference in their lives.
Bailer is also a former Detroit Public Schools board member, so she spoke about some of the history of education in the city. Believe me once Penny starts speaking she is so passionate she holds the audience in the palm of her hand.
Once the morning session broke, Bailer spoke at length with several of the people in attendance. One of those people was the publisher and owner of the Michigan Korean Weekly, Tack Young Kim. They’ve talked a few times since June and he told her last week City Year Detroit would be the sole beneficiary of the golf outing held by KPAI, the Association for Korean-American Professionals in the Automotive Industry.
Kiseok Chang, president of KPAI, is excited about the golf outing and the possibilities for further partnership with City Year Detroit because it helps introduce his trade association to a wider community.
“I like to draw the attention from all the immigrants and local foreign-based companies to start looking at the community where we are living. We were all strangers here once but we don’t want to be,” he says.
Ultimately, he wants to help those communities feel like they are no longer strangers in metropolitan Detroit.
For Bailer, the partnership is an opportunity to build a long-term relationship with an organization who has demonstrated their support for education by funding scholarships within the Korean community for the past 33 years.
“We are thrilled and honored by the generosity of KPAI and their leadership. They are committed to service and to the children of Detroit,” she notes.
This is the first year KPAI is holding a golf outing and there is still room for golfers to participate this Saturday, September 3 at Tanglewood Golf Course in South Lyon. Registration begins at 11:30am with a shot gun start at 12:45pm. The event is $70 and includes dinner and 18 holes of golf. For more information on how to participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 249-229-9646.