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Racquet Up Detroit

Activation of a Neighborhood Portal to College and Career in Northwest Detroit
2022-2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Racquet Up Detroit a $200,000 grant to support its college and career programs over two years.

Details
With support from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation, Racquet Up Detroit will activate its new facility as a neighborhood portal to college and career. The program will help students get back on track for post-secondary success following the impact of the pandemic. Key elements include intensive academic support, college tours, college success support, career exposure and guidance, and professional development for program alumni who are employed at Racquet Up Detroit.

Learn more about Racquet Up Detroit.

Midnight Golf Program

MGP Summer Connect
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Midnight Golf Program a $25,000 grant to provide college success services for its class of 2022.

Details
Engaging students during the summer, especially those from vulnerable backgrounds, is crucial to ensure fall enrollment and overall post-secondary success. Midnight Golf Program’s staff will meet with and advise students, as well as provide resources to help position alumni to thrive.

Learn more about Midnight Golf Program.

Math Corps

Math Corps Summer Camp 2022
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Math Corps $104,000 to employ college students at its annual summer camp.

Details
During Math Corps’ Summer Camp, 400 middle and high school Detroit students from public schools receive math instruction in basic and advanced topics at Wayne State University. Funds from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation will be used to employ college students who work as instructors and mentors.

Learn more about Math Corps.

Lighthouse MI

Emergency Food Distribution
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Lighthouse MI a $150,000 grant to sustain and expand its emergency food distribution program.

Details
Behind housing and transportation, food is the third highest household expense. Funds from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation will support Lighthouse MI’s food programs that ensure low-income households in Oakland County have access to healthy, nutritious food.

Learn more about Lighthouse MI.

Jewish Family Service of Colorado

Lunchbox Express
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Jewish Family Service of Colorado a $20,000 grant to sustain its mobile food delivery program for youth in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Details
Lunchbox Express increases access to nutritious food during the summer when schools are closed. Jewish Family Service of Colorado will serve healthy, fresh meals to more than 1,000 children through its mobile food delivery program, as well as distribute books and school supplies to underserved youth.

Learn more about Jewish Family Service of Colorado.

First Step

Basic Needs support for Adults, Children, and Animal Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded First Step a $15,000 grant to support basic needs for youth, families, and individuals.

Details
As the pandemic and its aftereffects linger, barriers continue to provide additional challenges for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Support from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation will be for the provision of food, transportation, and animal care.

Learn more about First Step.

Downtown Boxing Gym

Summer Zine Seminar
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Downtown Boxing Gym a $20,000 grant to strengthen students’ literacy skills through the production of a zine.

Details
Students aged 12 to 18 will strengthen their literacy skills through the production of their own zine, which is a short magazine that focuses on the interests and concerns of a subculture or population within a particular geographic area. The zine project allows DBG students to learn about a myriad of subjects, gain practical skills, apply varying art forms, and discover the historical context and importance of personal storytelling and community creation.

Learn more about Downtown Boxing Gym.

Detroit Zoological Society

Environmental Stewardship Intern Program
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Detroit Zoological Society a $25,000 grant to support an eight-week paid summer internship program for Detroit youth.

Details
Through the program, interns will explore careers in the natural resource and conservation field, discover recreation opportunities, and build their employability skills. Additionally, interns will learn about the ecosystem of Belle Isle and other Michigan outdoor areas, and participate in environmental stewardship training, projects, data collection, and presentations.

Learn more about Detroit Zoological Society.

Detroit Food & Entrepreneurship Academy

Culinary Skills, Nutrition, & Holistic Wellness in DFA’s Afterschool Leadership Program
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Detroit Food & Entrepreneurship Academy a $150,000 grant for its afterschool and summer leadership programs.

Details
After nearly two years of virtual afterschool sessions fortified by a home delivery system, DFA will launch its hybrid Summer Leadership Program and its Afterschool Leadership Program at five in-person sites and two virtual sites. To invest in the next generation of young food leaders in Detroit, DFA’s food-based leadership curriculum will focus on foundational culinary skills, meal planning, budgeting, and nutrition.

Learn more about Detroit Food & Entrepreneurship Academy.

Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent – Junior Police and Fire Cadet Program
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent $250,000 to support youth summer employment with the Junior Police and Fire Cadet Program.

Details
The Junior Police and Fire Cadet program will virtually introduce youth to first-time job and career opportunities through a learning and engagement experience. Funding will fully support $1,200 stipends for approximately 208 GDYT youth ages 14 and 15 for a five-week period.

Learn more about Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation.