The Detroit Branch NAACP along with members of the law enforcement, civic, business, philanthropic and faith based communities came together to help push Detroit forward. This initial (2010) meeting took place at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School; the Building Resources In Detroit, Giving Expanded Service (B.R.I.D.G.E.S) initiative was born. This community discussion served as the catalyst to develop solutions right now for the community, policing and youth violence prevention for young people between the ages of 14-24.
The collaboration was formed with Detroit Public Schools (DPS) to keep six high schools open Monday through Friday from 3:00-8:00 P.M. To participate in the program young people must either be a Detroit resident or a DPS student. The six schools have programs, which include open gym time, workshops, job training provided by Detroit Workforce Development Department (DWDD), conflict resolution training given by Flip the Script and a police interaction workshop led by the Michigan State Police. The extension of the school hours and the workshops were all done as donations to the B.R.I.D.G.E.S initiative. The open gym, dance, job training and violence prevention workshops are free. The programming concludes with the annual Detroit Branch NAACP “Back to School Stay in School” program.