HUNDREDS WILL GATHER AT 4th ANNUAL SUMMIT TO IMPROVE DETROIT NEIGHBORHOODS
DETROIT POLICE CHIEF TO DETAIL STRATEGIES TO REDUCE CRIME; PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN HOW TO BE PART OF REDEFINING CITY’S FUTURE
DETROIT – Detroit police chief James Craig will detail community crime fighting strategies at the fourth annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Rising Summit, Saturday, Nov. 2, at the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College District.
Free and open to the public, the summit is a full day of tutorial workshops and panels focused on how residents can improve their neighborhoods.
Summit participants also will hear a presentation from Dan Pitera on how they can be part of the implementation phase of Detroit Future City, the massive community planning project for Detroit, that is being rolled out in neighborhoods all across Detroit. The presentation will explain how community groups and residents can connect to strategies to improve their neighborhoods.
“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.”
Sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and Detroit Future City, the summit 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 will include a continental breakfast and lunch.
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.
Workshops will be held the morning from 10:45 a.m. to noon., and in the afternoon from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Although the summit is free, all participants are urged to register at www.arisedetroit.org to secure a spot in the workshops. They can also phone 313-921-1955.
In addition, there will be community organization exhibitors with information and resources to help neighborhood residents.
Panelists will include:
–John George, president of Motor City Blightbusters, and Linda Smith, president, U-SNAP BAC, on fighting neighborhood blight.
–Mike Bresee, College of Creative Studies, on neighborhood art programs.
—Nyasia Valdez of Young Nation on an innovative program to that transforms alleys 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.
Funded by the Kresge Foundation, ARISE Detroit! is a coalition more than 400 community organizations promoting volunteerism, community activism and positive media images to create a better Detroit. For more information, phone 313-921-1955, or go to www.arisedetroit.org.