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Mentoring Through Sports

October 4th, 2016 Back to Browse Stories

There is a deep need for quality after-school, weekend and summer programs for children in southeast Michigan. Because we know what an impact these programs have on young lives, the Community Foundation supports many such programs — but, inevitably, young people who could benefit are turned away due to lack of capacity.

Racquet Up Detroit is using a Community Foundation grant to double the number of fifth- through ninth-graders it serves by investing in staffing, facilities, a website and a database. The program’s effective blend of squash, fitness and nutrition counseling, homework help and team-building was developed by the National Urban Squash and Education Association and is making an impact in more than 10 cities nationwide. The Detroit program provides 110 students with a structured mentoring experience that prepares them for college and teaches them to think big about what they can achieve in the world.

For more information about grants like this, please contact:

Surabhi Pandit

Program Officer

313.961.6675, ext. 123