Details for Saturday's Blight Bootcamp

First and most important thing, make sure you arrive in time to get signed in, and grab breakfast from 10:00 am to 10:45 am.

SESSION I: 11 to 11:45 am

Sessions located in the classrooms adjacent to the Cafeteria corridor

ABCs of Protecting Our Homes from Common Hazards

Do you know the dangers of having lead or asbestos in your home? Learn what common household hazards can hurt you and/or your children, how to avoid them, and what resources are available when you find your home is a potential hazard.

Community Safety and The Role We Can Play

Across the city there are efforts being made to eliminate neighborhood “hot spots” through organizing efforts that have resulted in Peace & Safety walks, the development of Green Light Safe Zones, and more… Join Black Family Development Project Director Derek Blackmon and DPD Officer Tiffani Bowles-Davis as they discuss current community efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe, and the IMPACT such efforts can make over time.

A Detroit Future City (DFC) Strategic Framework Crash Course

Ever wonder how the Detroit Future City Framework was created? Or how the framework is currently being used to drive work across the city? DFC board member and community activist James Ribbron will talk through the founding, implementation, and collaboration with IMPACT Detroit network members.

Get to Know Neighborhood District Managers & Learn About What They Do

Since 2014 Neighborhood District Managers (NDM) have played roles in removing blight from neighborhoods by helping coordinate board ups, supporting block clubs, neighborhood associations, and promoting volunteer opportunities. Join NDMs from District 7, District 6, members of their staff, and a representative from Serve Detroit to discuss what role NDMs can play in addressing complaints, requests and connections to vital resources. Representatives are also excited to hear about solutions that are working for you!

Road to Kindergarten Readiness

Many of our city’s youngest learners are not ready for kindergarten or reading on grade-level by fourth grade. While we know that high-quality early care and education is the key to kindergarten readiness, complex facilities processes, a shortage of talent, and burdensome finance and administration requirements have quickly become barriers to accessing quality care and education options. In this session, hear from early childhood educators and experts and a K-12 school administrator discuss how policy shifts driven by our communities are desperately to improve our children’s readiness.

SESSION II: 12 to 12:45 pm

Sessions located in the classrooms adjacent to the Cafeteria corridor

Saving Homes and Creating Community Hubs

Detroit Free Press writer Stephen Henderson, Brilliant Detroit co-founder Cindy Eggleton, and Sonia Renia Brown of Auntie Na’s House lead a discussion on how they have committed to redefining what a home can be in the neighborhoods that are close to their hearts. Learn how they each came to build community spaces, how you too can create a hub in your neighborhood, and how you can access the resources at each of the established community hubs.

Closures and Our Community

School closures are more than just headlines. Join Chalkbeat Detroit’s founding editor Erin Einhorn in a panel discussion with community organizers, advocates, and school administrators to discuss how school closures impact neighborhoods and communities, lessons learned from past school closures, and the most recent campaign to keep more schools from closing this past school year.

Detroit Future City Strategic Framework (DFC) and Our Neighborhoods

Join Deep-dive into what work is currently being accomplished in our neighborhoods and how it aligns with the DFC framework, and discussion on the exciting work taking place throughout 2017-2018.

Youth and Social Transformation

Ever wonder if today’s youth are up for creating some change? Wonder, no more. Detroit’s youth leaders, organizers and program directors of youth focused work are fired up about leading a discussion on how important youth voice and training are to Detroit’s transformation, and future.

Blight Ticket FAQs

From appeals to penalties, representatives from the Department of Administrative Hearings, the Department of Public Works, and Buildings Safety and Public Works offices, answer your questions about the “ins and outs” of the blight ticketing process, and explain how the City of Detroit is working to address repeat offenders and property owners who fail to acknowledge violations.

LUNCH – 1 to 1:45 pm

SESSION III: 2 to 2:45 pm

Sessions located in the classrooms adjacent to the Cafeteria corridor

Lead Safety

Learn about the impact lead has on children in their homes, school, and early learning care and education centers, and other places where lead can be found. Two experienced Lead Abatement Supervisors licensed by the State of Michigan and a Lead Abatement contractor will walk you through what to look for and provide a toolkit on how to work with lead if it is common in your community.

From Blight to Beauty

Join Angie Starr of 105.9 KISS-FM in a Q & A with mothers, kids, and community advocates committed to transforming neighborhoods and childhood outcomes for Detroit’s youth. Panelists will address how they overcame barriers to make their dreams for their community and neighborhoods a reality, created space to bring their passion to life, and turned eyesores into places or spaces where communities are now coming together.

Harnessing Community Power to Transform Neighborhoods*

Are you ready to make an IMPACT, but unsure of your first steps? Or a long-time advocate/organizer looking how to overcome barriers in your work? Members of the Impact table will walk attendees through what is needed to organize in our neighborhoods, and what tools are available to help support those looking to transform our neighborhoods.

*Families are encouraged to attend and learn how to have your voice heard about decisions that impact the lives of your children!

Mobile Workshops (off-site) 2 to 4 pm

It is an Impact Detroit tradition to offer off-site workshops/panels/activities that highlight innovative work of our communities and network members.

Transportation to and from the the Mobile Workshops will be offered from Central High School via vans located at the front of the high school starting at 1:45 PM Vans will depart by 2:10 PM and return to Central High School no later than 4 PM.

Light refreshments and informal conversations about the host-site’s programming will be offered at each location.

Please RSVP to participate in the Mobile Workshops by emailing
Space will be limited on the vans!

Creating Literacy Rich Neighborhoods and Homes

Site: Brilliant Detroit, Central House, 803 Hazelwood, Detroit

Learn how to create you own Little Free Library, visit a Wash & Learn (a pilot literacy project at a laundromat launched by Libraries Without Borders), and discovery the magic of unique neighborhood pocket parks. Attendees of the Brilliant Detroit Mobile Workshop will each receive a literacy kit to use at home or use in their neighborhood work.

Transforming Spaces for Sustainable Urban Agriculture : Liberty Harvest Project

Site: Liberty Harvest, Veterans Village Address 17300 Burgess St Detroit 48219

Liberty Harvest is a retro-fitted shipping container that has become a completely solar-powered growhouse, outfitted with a hydroponic water watering system. A project of Resurge Detroit, Liberty Harvest is an innovative and unique way to tackle urban agriculture. Programming at Liberty Harvest will focus on teaching military veterans and youth about agriculture and entrepreneurship. Attendees will tour the growhouse, meet staff, and participate in a conversation about the project.