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Addressing Detroit's illiteracy issue

Denise Smith, Vice President for Early Learning at Excellent Schools Detroit, tackles Detroit's astounding adult illiteracy rate and asks, how can the Detroit of today build its future generation to be the most successful, healthiest, and best educated yet?

Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

Jazz mentoring hitting the right notes in Midtown

Instruction at Michigan State's Detroit Community Music School is done by working musicians and educators who are giving back some of the same elite training they received as students. Gather round as Veronica Grandison tunes into the scene.

City kids: High-quality charter schools await Detroit families

The Detroit Achievement Academy, James and Grace Lee Boggs School and the Y Detroit Leadership Academy High School are opening this fall in the city. Amy Kuras shows us what we can expect.

A Radical Education Reformer? Hardly.

Kyle Smitley is the founder of Detroit Achievement Academy, a new charter school opening with grades K & 1 and expanding by a grade level each year. Some might call her a radical education reformer, but she wouldn't. 
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Education Videos

VIDEO: Tech Town SWOT City

Tech Town is reaching out beyond its purview in Midtown to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in other Detroit neighborhoods through the SWOT City program. Video by DETROIT LIVES!

VIDEO: Erik Howard

Erik Howard is the co-founder of Young Nation, a non-profit organization that promotes holistic development of youth in urban settings through building relationships, community education, and passion-driven projects. See him and several other UIX innovators on Friday, April 12 starting at 5:30 p.m. at MoCAD as UIX celebrates our one-year anniversary with a special UIX+ArtXDetroit discussion on placemakingVideo by DETROIT LIVES! for Detroit Creative Corridor Center

VIDEO: Scott Alan Davis

The North End is one of Detroit's outer-lying communities that was hard-hit by decades of disinvestment, but the Vanguard CDC works hard every day towards education development, community development and economic development in the North End community so that everyone has "an on-ramp" to join "the prosperity highway." Video by DETROIT LIVES!

VIDEO: Soh Suzuki

How do you promote a greater understanding of Detroit's shared history and empower the next generation of changemakers? Soh Suzuki of Detroit Asian Youth (DAY) Project shares his work to engage young people through community projects. Video by DETROIT LIVES!

VIDEO: Terry Blackhawk

The InsideOut Literary Arts Project helps young Detroiters find their voices as writers, which in turn teaches them to think critically and creatively. Since she founded the program in 1995, Terry Blackhawk has grown the program from a few classrooms to more than 30 schools and 4,300 students - no small feat. Video by DETROIT LIVES!
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