Bethel Community Transformation Center

Faith-Based Organization/Community Center

Sunday Afternoons

Bethel Community Transformation Center (BCTC) meets the needs of the people in the 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. 

Bethel Community Transformation Center is a site where Mentors and Mentees will get to participate in construction and design projects of the building while working alongside community members and youth. 

Learning how to play dreidel with youth from the Church!

Learning how to play dreidel with youth from the Church!

Mission City

Education/Community Center/Neighborhood Organization

Mondays After School

Mission City is a community hub in Brightmoor that offers youth development, job readiness/computer literacy, health and well-being and so much more.

At Mission City, Mentors and Mentees help with Monday night youth programming. They'll aid teachers with elementary school students during an hour of life skills and then an hour of art. 

Clark Park

Community Center/Recreation/Neighborhood Organization

Wednesdays After School

Clark Park is an oasis of nature nestled in the bustling Southwest neighborhood of Detroit. They host programming all year round for more than 1,200 youth in the neighborhood. The Park operates the only regulation-sized outdoor ice hockey rink in Metro Detroit, has soccer fields, baseball fields, and a garden.

At Clark Park,  Mentors and Mentees will work alongside neighborhood youth in park maintenance, after school programming, homework help, the blogging club, and learn- to-skate programming in the winter. 

Mentors and Mentees sorting clothes for 'The Closet' at Bethel Community Transformation Center. 

Mentors and Mentees sorting clothes for 'The Closet' at Bethel Community Transformation Center. 

Ile Oko

Neighborhood Garden/ Urban Agriculture

Sunday Mornings

Ile Oko, which mean ‘House of Agriculture’ in the Yoruba language, is a community garden in Jefferson Chalmers on the border of Detroit and Grosse Pointe. A leader in the urban agriculture movement, Lorenzo Herron and his family are homesteading their property and cultivating a community space a few blocks away as a demonstration of alternative energy, food sovereignty and community building. 

Voices for Earth Justice

Urban Agriculture/Environmental Education

Wednesday Afternoons

Voices for Earth Justice is an interfaith network of people committed to spiritual development, education and actions that will deepen a sense of wonder, responsibility and gratitude for all creation. The primary work of Voices for Earth Justice has been with Hope House - a grouping of lots and buildings they purchased and have been working to redevelop into a community space to teach and practice gardening and sustainable use of land, soil, and water. 

At Voices for Earth Justice, Mentors and Mentees will be working primarily in the garden and helping to facilitate community events. Volunteers here will learn quite a bit about agroecology, composting, plants, etc. so that they can be helpful in creating and guiding events for the neighbors and other volunteers.