A Rose for Detroit Blog

For the love of learning

For the love of learning

My parents and grandmothers are the four individuals who I affectionately refer to as my “four pillars.” They all played equally significant roles in shaping me as a person, specifically my personal values and views on the importance of literacy and education. ... Read More
Learning from our past

Learning from our past

We are approaching the 50th anniversary of the 1967 riot which claimed countless lives and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and a disinvestment in Detroit from which, in my opinion, we have never truly recovered. ... Read More
Retaining great teachers begins with listening to them

Retaining great teachers begins with listening to them

Rachele DiMeglio Adam, interim executive director for Teach for America-Detroit, spends a lot of time listening to the concerns of teachers. "I think folks may be surprised by what they hear. Yes, teachers are underpaid. And, yes, our kids face complex systemic challenges that make this work really hard. But I don’t believe that is why educators with the potential for great impact leave Detroit classrooms." ... Read More
Five actions for a stronger Detroit

Five actions for a stronger Detroit

Over the last two months, we held focus groups that allowed us to hear from Detroit residents about their experiences, ideas and hopes for the city and its children. These discussions, which were at once insightful, sobering and encouraging, contribute to our perspective of Detroit and help to inform our strategies to best help Detroit youth thrive. Here, we share a synthesis of our main takeaways. ... Read More
Growing leaders through outdoor adventures

Growing leaders through outdoor adventures

Upon graduating from Wayne State University, Peter went to Micronesia with his church and put his belief in the transformative power of outdoor adventure to work, spending three years running a diversion program for youth in the criminal justice system. “Instead of going to jail, they could spend 21 days in the jungle with me,” he grinned. ... Read More