Here are the partners for the 2017-2018 year! All of our partners fall under the categories of food justice/ urban farming, education justice/ after school programming, and relationship building/ interfaith.
Bethel Community Transformation Center meets the needs of the people in its North end community. Housed in the historic Temple Beth El building on Woodward Avenue, they currently house Breakers Covenant Church International (otherwise known as BCCI) and are working hard to restore the building and build community. BCTC is a site where Mentors and Mentees will get to participate in refurbishing the historic building through projects. This site is all about building relationships. BCTC has a PeerCorps cohort of teens from their community who we work alongside with.
Kibbutz Detropia aims to create a community based on agriculture in the city of Detroit. They do all of this through a Jewish lens that looks back to our ancient roots and brings them into the modern day. PeerCorps will be working with Sky and David (and their baby, Avi!) on beautifying green space across the street through gardening, trash pickup, and creative arts projects.
New LEAF Detroit’s mission is to increase awareness about sustainability and ecology, teach people how to grow food, and promote community engaged learning. Housed in Brightmoor, across the street and in partnership with Voices for Earth Justice, PeerCorps will be working with L’Oreal from NewLEAF to create a garden space and learn about horticulture.
Georgia Street Community Collective works to promote health and education, and provides leadership skills and protection in order to rebuild and sustain their community. Located on the Eastside of Detroit, Mark Covington has created a whole farm and garden (with chickens, pigs, and goats!) for his community. PeerCorps will be with GSCC’s after-school program. We will be working primarily with youth from the community, helping with their homework and on the farm.
Giving Gardens promotes resiliency in the face of hunger in Metro Detroit’s Jewish community and beyond through educational experiences centered around food, justice, and environmentalism. Giving Gardens is located in the same building as Yad Ezra’s food pantry in Berkley. PeerCorps will be spending half of each cycle at Giving Gardens learning about environmentalism and sustainability. The other half of this site will be spent taking field trips to Detroit to different gardens, putting these ideas into practice.
Project Healthy Community’s mission is to improve the life situation of at-risk people, by utilizing the skills and experience of active and retired professional volunteers and other experts in leadership roles. Located in Northwest Detroit, PHC has a plethora of programs that it offers to the community circling around the main idea of food justice education. We will be working in Project Healthy Community’s after school program that operates out of Schulze Elementary School, helping K-2nd graders with homework, as well as leading enrichment activities for them.