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Want to help redefine Detroit? The Neighborhoods Rising Summit will tell you how


One thing’s for sure. Detroiters want to help redefine the city. They want to know where do I start and what can I do?

The ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Rising Summit coming up on Saturday, November 2, has some answers.

The summit is free, open to the public and offers a full day of tutorial workshops and panels focused on how residents can improve their neighborhoods. It will be held at the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College.

“Now, more than ever, we need all Detroit residents to play an active role in creating the kind of neighborhoods we all want to live in,” said Luther Keith, executive director of ARISE Detroit! “The summit offers an outstanding opportunity for residents and community groups to learn, teach and network with each other on strategies that will move our city forward.”

You will learn about such things as neighborhood makeovers, entrepreneurship and grant making as well as what you can to help take on some tough topics such as blight and safety.

Rising Summit Flyer 2013 - FrontSafety and security is one of the key issues some of Detroit’s neighborhoods must address. Detroit Police Chief James Craig will detail community crime fighting strategies that will give you some ideas about what you can do to help.

Want to know how to share in creating Detroit’s future?  Dan Pitera, executive director at University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture Detroit Collaborative Design Center DCDC), will tell you how you can be part of the implementation phase of Detroit Future City. That massive community planning project for Detroit is being rolled out in neighborhoods all across Detroit.  Pitera’s presentation will explain how community groups and residents can connect to strategies to improve their neighborhoods. The DCDC led Detroit Future City’s effort to engage residents and key stakeholders to actively participate in the planning phase.

Other panelists include:

  • John George, president of Motor City Blightbusters, and Linda Smith of  U-SNAP-BAC on fighting neighborhood blight
  • Larry Lunsford, College of Creative Studies, on neighborhood art programs
  • Nyasia Valdez of Young Nation on an innovative program to that transforms alley into community art projects
  • Guy Williams, president of Citizens for Environmental Justice, on creating environmentally safe neighborhoods
  • Robert Counts of the Youth Development Commission on summer youth employment opportunities
  • Tepfirah Rushdan of the Greening of Detroit on urban farming
  • Marsha  Lemieux of Bright Recycling on recycling opportunities
  • Tyson Gersh of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative on urban farming
  • Dalton Roberson of Michigan Community Resources on mini-grant funding
  • Kim Tandy of University Commons on developing neighborhood businesses

The summit will offer 12 workshops with information and strategies to help residents improve their neighborhoods in areas ranging from fighting blight and crime and forming block clubs, to developing youth leadership programs , establishing community art programs, urban farming, developing farmers markets,  obtaining mini-grants for neighborhood programs,  youth unemployment efforts and more.

Here’s the schedule:

8:30 – 9:15 AM

Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:15 – 9:40 AM           


Prayer: Rev. Annie Adams

Welcome, Summit Overview: Luther Keith, executive director, ARISE Detroit!

Remarks: Wendy Lewis Jackson, The Kresge Foundation; Randy McNeil, chairman, ARISE Detroit!

Poem: Jessica Care Moore

9:40 – 10:30 AM

Dan Pitera, Detroit Future City

10:30 AM                    

Break:   Move to Discussion Rooms

10:45 AM – Noon        


Session A: Entrepreneurship

Session B: Fighting Blight

Session C: Neighborhood Organizing

Session D: Urban Farming/Farmer’s Markets

Session E: Detroit Future City

Session F: Youth Summer Employment

12:15 – 1:30 PM   

Lunch in Atrium

DTE presentation

Remarks by Detroit Police Chief James Craig, Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney

1:30 PM

Break: Move to Discussion Rooms

1:45 – 3:00 PM


Session G: Community Art programs

Session F: Public Safety

Session H: Neighborhood Makeover

Session I:  Grant Making

Session J:  Developing Neighborhood Youth

Session K: Environmental Safety/Recycling

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Networking in Atrium

The summit is sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and Detroit Future City. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown campus of WCCCD located at 1001 W. Fort Street, 48226.  It includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Although the summit is free, all participants are urged to register at to secure a spot in the workshops. You can also phone 313-921-1955.

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One comment on “Want to help redefine Detroit? The Neighborhoods Rising Summit will tell you how

  1. This great especially just before the city's election on Tuesday, November 5th.

    Be sure to check the session on Urban Farming by Tee Rushdan as a leader in the growing urban agricultural movement here in Detroit and the U.S. as the world has come to our doorstep as we lead the globe in this urban ag movement….

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