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.
This year’s collaboration with the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) will keep two high schools –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School and Communication and Media Arts High School — open Monday through Thursday from 3-7 p.m. To participate in the program young people must either be a Detroit resident or a DPSCD student. The two schools will have open gym time. On Friday’s at the Detroit Branch NAACP office there will be workshops,and professional development sessions held from 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. The programming concludes with the annual Detroit Branch NAACP “Back to School Stay in School” program.