City Year Detroit kicks off
City Year Detroit on Friday celebrated its 13th annual Opening Day at Campus Martius Park. Organizers swore in 81 corps members who will spend 10 months of full-time service in nine Metro Detroit schools, tutoring, mentoring and running after-school programs.
“We expect the same knockout results year after year,” Comcast representative Maria Holmes said. Comcast is a national City Year sponsor. Bank of America, another sponsor, gave a $20,000 donation toward future City Year service efforts in Detroit. State Reps. Rashida Tlaib and David Nathan joined Detroit City Council members Charles Pugh and James Tate in the audience of about 50 City Year supporters.
“When people talk about the city of Detroit, the catalyst that turned this city around,” said state Sen. Coleman Young II, “they will talk about the men and women of City Year.” The nonprofit program came to Detroit in 1999.