Children cannot thrive if they don't feel safe in the places where they live, play and study.
That's why the Foundation added safety as a priority area in 2013. We aim to increase the felt and real safety of children living in six neighborhoods, with an initial focus on work in Osborn, Southwest Detroit and Cody Rouge. We are working with residents, grassroots safety organizations, the city of Detroit police department, corporate partners, other citywide safety initiatives and youth to improve neighborhood-level safety and reduce crime, improve safe routes to school and reduce blight.
Goals and Strategies
To reach our goal of safer neighborhoods for children, we will:
- Lead a city-wide safety conversation that does not criminalize or demonize young people
- Help build long-term capacity for an effective law-enforcement strategy
- Advance a targeted, problem-solving policing strategy
- Organize broad partnerships (especially among corporations & businesses) to support this work
- Help grow the work of resident leadership councils on safety, prioritizing the development of safe routes to school