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WDET's Summer of Kids: 5 Ways We Can Help Make A Brighter Future For Detroit Area Youth

June 28, 2013

WDET has partnered with 5 great organizations to help local kids have a better future. Whether your passion is reading, poetry, technology, music or design - Your support will make these partnerships a success. Be a part of WDET's Summer of Kids and help create opportunities for the youth of our region.

Pick Your Passion!

| Reading | Technology | Poetry | Music | Design |

Books For Kids

  • The Books For Kids campaign is a partnership between WDET and Operation: Kid Equip, whose goal is to support the education and success of Michigan children living at or below the poverty level.

  • The campaign originated in 2012 as an opportunity for WDET listeners to contribute an extra $5 when they made a gift to the station during the Spring Fundraiser and provide 20 books to be distributed by Operation: Kid Equip.

  • Over two spring campaigns, WDET - with the help of listeners, major donors, and local businesses – will have put over 76,000 books in the hands of local kids in need.

  • Black Girls Code

  • Black Girls Code is a national organization that introduces programming and technology to young and pre-teen girls

  • WDET was a media sponsor for their event in Detroit last year and has since built a relationship with their founder, Kimberly Bryant. We are expanding our support by securing space for them at Wayne State University this year’s summer program in Detroit (taking place in July or early August).

  • WDET will continue working with BGC to establish and support a year-round presence in Detroit with a chapter that operates out of Wayne State University. We are creating a replicable model of support for BGC in other cities.

  • Brave New Voices

  • Brave New Voices is the world’s largest youth poetry festival

  • The Detroit team is fielded by Inside/Out Literary Forum, specifically their Citywide Poets initiative.

  • In 2011, Detroit was in in the Finals and finished 4th (which translates to 4th in the world)

  • Detroit did not field a team in 2012 because they could not secure funding. WDET is going to make sure that does not happen this year by obtaining funding to support the team and send them to the competition in August.

  • WDET will also raise awareness of the Detroit youth poetry scene through our coverage of the event and features with the poets and their coaches leading up to the competition.

  • Kids & Music

  • WDET is supporting the Music Learning Alliance and their with1note campaign.

  • Their mission: To raise awareness of the importance of music education in children’s lives and inform the community of low-cost music learning opportunities in Southeastern Michigan.

  • WDET invited young local musicians to our studios to record them playing their instruments and discussing their love of music. This audio will be used in a multimedia presentation at wdet.org as well as appearing on our airwaves.

  • Kids & Design

  • WDET is helping the Detroit Creative Corridor expand and diversify the Detroit Design Festival by introducing youth to design as a vehicle for self-expression.

  • WDET and the Detroit Creative Corridor will host an event in Southwest Detroit this July that features a prominent national designer speaking about design to local youth. This event will be followed by a call for submissions of local youth’s designs at wdet.org. Selected design pieces will be featured in a gallery-like setting during the Detroit Design Festival this September, and the young designers will be empowered to present their work in a dynamic environment.