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City Year helps to close gaps in high-need schools by supporting students' academic and social-emotional development while also providing schools with the additional capacity to enhance school culture and climate. Teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide research-based classroom and school-wide support to help students stay on track to graduate from high school, prepare for college and for career success. Support from the Detroit Lions is currently funding a City Year Detroit Team and Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary-Middle School in the Fitzgerald Neighborhood. This team of 10 provide academic and emotional support for students every day of the school year.


Established in 2001, Detroit Lions Academy (DLA) is a Detroit Public Schools Community District alternative middle school located on the east side of Detroit. It provides students with the opportunity to learn and achieve in a structured and safe environment which addresses their individual learning needs. Support from the Detroit Lions provides school supplies, resources and tools for students to succeed in the classroom. A steady presence of players, cheerleaders, Legends and Detroit Lions staff and partners provides mentorship and leadership development opportunities to help students succeed beyond the classroom.


Increasing access to good food is at the core of Eastern Market's mission to nourish a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit. The goal of access isn't only with regards to their most popular markets, but resonates in all their additional resources, programs, and partnerships as well. Funding from the Detroit Lions supports fresh food education and access to nutritious food for underserved areas and individuals in Detroit.


Detroit PAL positively influences the lives of thousands of children each year through sports. With roots dating back to 1969, PAL works to create safe and supportive places for kids to play. With year-round programs, Detroit PAL helps its athletes learn the skills needed to succeed both on and off the playing field. The Detroit Lions provide support for the Detroit PAL Youth Football League through grant funding, used for site monitors, sports officials and helmet refurbishing.


Playworks is a non-profit organization committed to helping schools and youth programs create recess and play environments where every child can join. Playworks helps schools and districts make the most of recess through on-site staffing, consultative support, professional development and free resources. Funding from the Detroit Lions supports implementation of recess and play-based programs in schools, where they otherwise may not have had the means to provide them.

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