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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Empowerment Plan focuses on permanently elevating families from the generational cycle of homelessness by hiring single parents from local shelters who are trained to become full-time seamstresses to earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence. Funding from the Detroit Lions covers the cost of 400 sleeping bag coats manufactured by these seamstresses. The coats are then distributed at Lions supported events throughout the winter.

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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.

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As Oakland County's only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 30,000 people each year. Funding from the Detroit Lions is utilized to implement the Redefine program in Oakland and Wayne Counties. This program is a 16-hour leadership development course for high school and college-aged young men to equip them with the skills to alter cultural contexts that allow domestic and sexual violence to occur.

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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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