Neighborhood SummitWorkshops on blight reduction, crime reduction, and how to secure funding for community programs

Registration is now open for the 6th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Rising Summit, which will feature a whole day of programs and strategies to improve their neighborhoods.

Sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, Detroit Future City, and the DTE Energy Foundation, the summit will take place Saturday, Nov. 7 at the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College District. The summit’s purpose is to equip residents with strategies and tools to address many of the issues they face throughout the year, including crime, fighting blight, establishing neighborhood block clubs, and repurposing vacant land.

Residents can register for the free event at www.arisedetroit.org, or phone, 313-921-1955. Last year, more than 400 residents attended the summit.

Alice Thompson, CEO of Black Family Development, will be one of the summit’s keynote speakers.

Summit participants will also hear a presentation on attracting new homeowners to Detroit, along with other city initiatives.

The summit will offer 12 workshops in areas ranging from fighting blight and crime and forming block clubs, to developing youth leadership programs, obtaining funding for neighborhood programs, information on bank lending/business development programs, and more. Workshops will be held the morning from 10:45 a.m. to noon, and in the afternoon from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown campus of WCCCD located at 1001 W. Fort Street, 48226. It will include a continental breakfast and lunch.

The summit will also feature community organization exhibitors with information and resources to help neighborhood residents.

ARISE Detroit! is a coalition of more than 400 community organizations promoting volunteerism, community activism, and positive media images to create a better Detroit. For more information, phone 313-921-1955, or go to www.arisedetroit.org

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