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Generosity and connectivity and community good and growth.

Our charity partners were revealed this week on our ‘win, win, win fundraising’ page. They all work to improve Detroit or to help Detroit area youth to better futures.

We share more on three of them here: 

 City Year Detroit  sends its trained corp members into Detroit middle and high schools as mentors, coaches, tutors and in other roles that encourage youth to stick with classes and graduate. They help students and schools succeed.

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, led by my friend Margaret Trimer-Hartley, teaches budgeting and finance and entrepreneurial skills in schools and in its Finance Park in downtown Detroit. Visit on Saturday at a Friends and Family Day (registration required).

And the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers.  Every month at The Charles Wright museum, real people share stories from their life – some surprising, many powerful and often laced with lessons.  The monthly event is developed and hosted by the awesome Satori Shakoor, a writer and comedian who invites in jazz musicians, dancers and other performers before and between the storytelling. On Friday, the stories focused on ‘justice’ and the laughter was plentiful, and on May 20, stories of mother will be shared. 

We love all our charity partners – and cannot wait to paint them some “fresh art from Detroit teens.” Please support each of them and please support Mint Artists Guild too. A donation of $10 or $20 helps and $200 will allow us to hire one teen for one week this summer.