Bethel Community Transformation Center
Faith-Based Organization/Community Center
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.
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.
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.
Neighborhood Garden/ Urban Agriculture
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
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.