When you drive past the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program’s (DBG) building, it looks unassuming and industrial. It’s not until you turn off East Vernor Highway that you see the large, colorful banner brandishing their name. The DBG’s mission is similar to their building. At first glance, it simply seems like a boxing gym that […]
As part of Challenge Detroit, each fellow works for a host company Monday-Thursday, and then their company allows to take Fridays to participate in projects for Challenge Detroit. These projects are called, “challenges” and they are in partnership with nonprofits. or community development organizations in Detroit. My host company is Brooks Kushman LLC, an intellectual […]
One of my favorite parts of college was my improv team. Not only was it a great way to meet new people, but it was an opportunity to laugh, be weird, and procrastinate in a semi-productive way. Improv helped me learn how to be more confident while on stage, be a better listener, be more […]
To me, the best part of Challenge Detroit is the opportunity to meet with and pick the brains of those living, working and giving in the city. Their insight and stories are an invaluable resource as I work with the other fellows to navigate Detroit’s many different communities.
One of the best stories I’ve heard so […]
A lot of people consider moving to Detroit after they hear the news that it is a great place to kick start a career, start on a new path, or just experience a city rapidly growing and changing. But when you tell people that you’re moving to Detroit, you get a lot of biased and […]
The Michigan weather may have been deceiving this month, but we actually are only two months into the year and still in the midst of the frosty embrace of winter. So, with February coming to an end, it’s time to check back in with my New Year’s resolutions. I realize I didn’t share what they […]
Growing up, I knew my family was different than the others in my metro-Detroit predominantly white, Christian suburban community—I just didn’t know that some people would inherently hate me for it.
My father is as Michigan as they come. A good Catholic boy, his grandparents immigrated from Poland to the United States, and his mom worked […]
Post inspired by Iron & Wine’s cover of “Such Great Heights”. Listen and feel hip as you read.
For our latest challenge, I was put on a team in charge of helping a nonprofit’s partner agencies formulate strategies to recruit and retain more millennial volunteers. Through online surveys, in person interviews with volunteers and staff at Forgotten […]
This week, while casually watching a video of a frolicking polar bear cub, a thought crossed my mind that surprised me. I thought, “I wish I could go back to the times when I was blissfully ignorant.”
There’s no denying it, November has been a bit of a rough month for not just the United […]
This past May, I became a proud alumna of Michigan State University and began to make the transition from being a student to being a professional. I bought a queen bed and finally got rid of my extra long twin, and I hunted for my first “adult” apartment. After making multiple other major life choices, […]