On the morning of Oct. 23, students attending Communication & Media Arts High School were the first students in the city to learn about a life-changing opportunity for Detroit youth. The president of Wayne State University, M. Roy Wilson, announced that the college would guarantee free tuition for any graduating senior from Detroit.
During the second week of September, hundreds of volunteers from General Motors, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV), Ideal Group, and Detroit Cristo Rey gathered for what is known as teamGM Cares Week to improve areas of the city through community service projects.
At midnight Sept. 16, more than 46,000 UAW members walked off the job in a national strike against General Motors. The effects of the 40-day walkout rippled through the industry and community, including Detroit Cristo Rey High School.
Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and Chief of Police Ralph Godbee are working to ensure students and staff in all Detroit schools and buildings are safe.
In the days leading up to National Coming Out Day last October, the student body at Renaissance High School submitted 225 anonymous posts to a box dealing with mental health, sexuality, and other teen angsts. It filled a hallway that became known as the “Coming Out Wall. This project is now an exhibit at Affirmations, one of the country’s largest LGTBQ community centers.
East English Village sssistant principal Nadonya Muslim’s mission at the Ville is to inspire young women to be who and what they aspire to be in life. She models what she preaches. Muslim launched a second career in the beauty industry with her cosmetic line called Tauntus Cosmetics.
Detroit’s Pinkfunds Organization hosted its annual breast cancer awareness dance on Oct. 5 in Southfield to bring awareness to problems that breast cancer causes, with an exciting twist. “Dancing with Survivors” is an event that features professional dancers from the Detroit area, who are paired up with local breast cancer survivors to create dances of various styles. “This event is a great opportunity for me to become acquainted with the women I know I can be,” said cancer survivor dancer Sarah Erzen.