Our Work

An Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children

How are the children? A traditional greeting of the Masai Tribe, this question is a litmus test. If children are well, society is well.

We put children first in all decision making and work to ensure programs, policies, and systems help them thrive. We are equity focused, seeking just treatment and second-to-none supports for Detroit youth. We believe the well-being of our youth will determine the prosperity of our city and the strength of our society.

Alongside our grant and community partners, we are advancing an Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children. Rather than help children beat the odds, we seek to change the odds for Detroit kids by giving them the supports and opportunities they need to set and achieve their highest aspirations. To this end, we are focused on strengthening Detroit’s K-12 education, afterschool, and college and career pathways systems.

Areas of Impact

The Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children is focused on strengthening three systems:

K-12 Education

We support a high-quality system of schools that helps children meet educational milestones and move through life as capable and confident thinkers. Every child should have access to exceptional learning experiences and supportive environments that nurture their brilliance. 


We work with community partners to build a robust system of out-of-school learning opportunities. We want Detroit kids to have enriching experiences that allow them to explore and expand their sense of self and the world under the guidance of caring adults.

College & Career Pathways

We foster an integrated and youth-centered college and career pathways system that provides youth with the experiences, supports, and opportunities needed to follow a path of their choosing, leading us all into a more prosperous and equitable future.

In addition to the primary systems identified above, we are committed to fostering supportive leaders in our neighborhoods, city, region, and state who are committed to working together for meaningful impact and systemic change. Learn more about our Enabling Communities efforts.

Key Indicators

We are committed to monitoring and influencing change on key indicators that demonstrate real progress and change for Detroit youth. More information on these indicators will be available in early 2021.

Third-Grade Reading Proficiency

Increased Public Funding for Afterschool

Meaningful High-School Graduation

Youth Perceptions of Hope & Opportunity