[WEEK 2] Getting to Know the Community – Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program

[WEEK 2] Getting to Know the Community

This summer, I will be working with the Clark Park Coalition, a non-profit organization committed to fostering community engagement and enhancing local development. For decades, Clark Park has dedicated itself to offering a diverse array of high-quality recreational, educational, social, and mentoring programs for families in southwest Detroit. These programs not only support youth development but also contribute to professional growth within the community. 

After learning more about my non-profit organization this week, I have gained valuable insights into my research project and how it aligns with the mission of the park. My research project, called the DREAM Project, is designed to support student-athletes by providing them with guidance and support on their journey of career exploration and academic pathways. The DREAM Project aims to develop youth programs that not only assist students with school-related issues but also leverage the resources available to children, helping them find the best way to pursue their dreams.

With a soft start on the research for my project, I began to delve deeper into understanding Southwest Detroit, focusing on its culture and community. I enjoyed engaging with various organizations through Clark Park. For instance, I helped deliver food to the senior center and participated in environmental preservation tasks.

I enjoyed spending time with others who share a similar interest in dedicating time and effort to community development, as well as learning from peers in the cohort. Being able to not only be a part of the Detroit community but also form close bonds with other DCERP fellows has given me the opportunity to continue working with small organizations to improve the community.

As a group of young fellows, we are curious about the history, community, and culture of Detroit. Throughout the summer, we plan to explore various restaurants and landscapes in the city to better understand its unique character and to develop friendships along the way.

3 thoughts on “[WEEK 2] Getting to Know the Community”

  1. The DREAM project sounds incredible! Tons of youth would benefit and see success through the program. It’s also really cool that you are diving deeper into the culture and community Southwest Detroit has, connecting with the community is very rewarding. I can’t wait to hear about how the DREAM project will come together over the next few weeks!

  2. This project seems stunning! It is very similar to mine with its aims with the youth.

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