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Henry Ford Health System

Artblock
2018

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded $200,000 to Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) to create an interactive neighborhood arts space in the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood of Detroit.

Details

Henry Ford Health System will revitalize a vacant commercial building and its property at 1411 Holden into a vibrant art destination and education and community meeting space called ArtBlock. It will feature five public art installations including two exterior murals, a curated interior display of stylized graffiti, a textile installation, and interactive, rideable, animal shaped, pedal-powered metal sculptures, all by Detroit-based artists. ArtBlock will offer youth and family programming with a focus on inclusive, accessible and high-quality workshops.

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CherryArts

Mobile Art Gallery
2018

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has granted the Denver based, CherryArts (CA) $10,000 to support their Mobile Art Galleries and Mobile Art Carts.

Details

CherryArts is a year-round arts organization committed to the mission of providing access to arts experiences and supporting art education in Colorado. CA delivers innovative, cost effective educational programs to increase arts accessibility for youth and their families. Grant funds will support the development of transportation solutions and implement a new series of pop-up ArtCart events in Denver’s low-income neighborhoods.

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Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic

Continuation and Expansion of Dental Program
2018

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has granted $109,000 to the Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic (GBCHC) to continue and expand their dental program.

Details

GBCHC provides healthcare to the most vulnerable community members at absolutely no cost to them, while ensuring their treatment is received in a caring, compassionate, and dignified atmosphere. This grant will increase efficiency and ultimately serve more patients by hiring additional dental personnel to increase access to dental care.

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Young Americans Center for Financial Education

YouthBiz
2018

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Young Americans Center for Financial Education $50,000 over two years to support YouthBiz – empowering disadvantaged youth through entrepreneurship.

Details

YouthBiz programs are designed to help low-income and at-risk youth learn, think, speak and act like entrepreneurs. Funds will help expand the impact in Denver, helping participants develop financial literacy skills, guide them to identify problems and create opportunities through team-based, hands-on problem-solving and business ideation processes.

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Platteforum

ArtLab
2018

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation renewed support for Platteforum’s ArtLab: Improving academic success and graduation rates through arts education in Denver, Colorado. The $50,000 grant will be used for ArtLab expenses such as intern and artist stipends, program supplies, transportation and exhibition supplies.

Details

ArtLab, a year-round, out-of-school, paid internship program, provides under-resourced youth the opportunity to develop personal, academic and life skills, receive critical feedback, learn from professional artists and peers, and learn to work effectively as part of a team. Platteforum spends more than 230 hours each year with ArtLab interns which allows the teens to develop significant relationships with Platteforum staff and their peers and is the driving force behind the success of this program and the 99% graduation rate.

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Downtown Youth Boxing Gym

Transportation Program
2018

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has renewed support for the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym with a $200,000 grant over two years. The funds will sustain the transportation program, allowing the students to safely get to the gym and return home.

Details

Downtown Youth Boxing Gym develops citizenship in urban youth through academic support, a boxing program, and a connection to the community through voluntary service.

All year long, the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym transports students to their facility on Detroit’s east side. During the school year, the students are picked up at school and safely delivered back to their homes. In the summer they are picked up and dropped off from their homes. Transportation is crucial to serving students from all over the city.

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Detroit Food & Entrepreneurship Academy

School-Based Leadership Program
2018

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Detroit Food and Entrepreneurship Academy (DFEA) $150,000 over two years to support their School-Based Leadership Program.

Details

Funding will support DFEA’s School-Based Leadership Program: an academic year, after school program guiding students each year through the process of building their own triple-bottom-line food business, which considers people, planet, and profit. Students’ business projects are created to better the world through a youth designed mission. DFEA breaks the cycle of hunger, poverty, and lack of food access by engaging young people in the lifelong skills of culinary arts, business entrepreneurship, food systems, and financial literacy.

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Detroit Institute of Arts

DIA Teen Council
2018

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has committed to the Detroit Institute of Arts a three-year, $126,030 grant to sustain and expand the DIA Teen Council (DIATC).

Details

The DIA Teen Council gives a diverse group of young adults from around the city of Detroit an opportunity to use the DIA as a space to explore, challenge, celebrate, interpret, and question. Their continued museum exposure will help build understanding that the museum is a comfort zone for socialization, growth and learning. The DIATC will test new museum programs for teens and provide insight into work protocols and career development for its members.

Funding will support outreach to diverse communities, DIATC stipends and transportation costs, live performances at the events, and annual summits.

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Michigan Education Excellence Foundation

The Detroit Promise Path
2018

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Michigan Education Excellence Foundation (MEEF) $190,000 over three years for the Detroit Promise Path (DPP) Coach at the Henry Ford College and incentives for the students.

Details

DPP ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating from a high school in the city of Detroit will have a tuition-free path to an associate degree, technical certificate, or bachelor’s degree at any one of six participating community colleges or 17 four-year universities.

In addition to free tuition, DPP directly supports students with wrap-around services as they transition from high school to higher education. Post-secondary learning (degrees and certifications), the development of career-readiness and job skills ultimately lead to acquiring employment that provides a living wage at minimum.

A DPP Campus Coach assists a small caseload of students with academic and personal support. Enrolled students who meet the program requirements receive a monthly financial incentive to offset expenses, such as bus passes, not covered by financial aid.

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The Empowerment Plan

Empowerment Through Employment
2018

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation awarded The Empowerment Plan (EP) $400,000 over two years to provide job training and full-time employment to homeless parents.

Details

The Empowerment Plan’s mission is to empower, employ, and educate homeless parents to break the generational cycle of poverty while producing a social good for those in need. The funds will directly cover a portion of wages for 15 low-income individuals experiencing homelessness, as well as critical, wrap-around support services. In addition to delivering educational services such as GED training, and financial literacy, EP helps participants break down barriers in transportation, housing, and employment.

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