Brilliant Detroit is dedicated to building kid success families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school ready, health and stable. Only 14% of Detroit students read at grade level by third grade and 60% live in poverty. Our children deserve better, so we created a radically new service delivery model to build a better future for our kids and families. Brilliant Detroit partners with over 80 organizational partners to provide quality, evidence-based programs out of homes in the middle of neighborhoods. Three years in, we operate four going on eight houses and serve over 3,000 people. We work “with, for and by” neighbors, meaning that we only enter communities when we are invited, actively solicit feedback throughout programming, and make sure that these programs directly support kid and family goals.
Our work has shown that a distribution model located deep in neighborhoods that assures literacy, well-being, support, and fellowship will draw people in and transform lives. Because we work with existing services in a coordinated and continuous way, this model is impactful and inexpensive, and therefore scalable throughout the City of Detroit and beyond. We believe that this model can change the world and, with support, we can provide evidence-based programs in more Detroit communities. Funding from The Detroit News Holiday Cheer for Charity will enable 100 children and adults throughout the city to participate in a year of quality Brilliant Detroit programming.