The Detroit Project

  • MI


Ann Arbor

United States

About Us

Mission Statement: We, The Detroit Project, seek to unite the University of Michigan and Detroit through fulfilling community partnerships. Our service-learning programs strive to address social issues, raise awareness and break stereotypes about Detroit.

The Detroit Project (DP) is a student-run service learning organization at the University of Michigan. We are dedicated to uniting Ann Arbor and Detroit by working with schools and community organizations in two dynamic communities of Detroit: Brightmoor in Northwest Detroit, and Southwest Detroit. Through these partnerships we coordinate both one-time and weekly service learning opportunities for our member base of over 1000 University students. Our programs are extremely varied. As a DP member you are given the opportunity to learn about the City of Detroit, and build relationships with community members through tutoring and mentoring students, working on abandoned lots, tree planting, painting murals, voter registration drives, and much more! The DP is especially well known for our two major events. In the fall we organize a Food and Clothing Drive. Our culminating event of the year, DP Day, is held each spring. This event is a celebration of our relationships with partner organizations in the City of Detroit. This huge day of service learning involves over 1000 UM students and community members. The DP is also committed to raising awareness on social issues pertaining to Detroit throughout campus. Our education team sponsors lectures, film viewings, discussions and more throughout the semester.