Kresge Awards $1.25 Million for Next Generation Initiative in Detroit

Kresge Awards $1.25 Million for Next Generation Initiative in Detroit

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced the selection of five Detroit-based partners for its Next Generation Initiative, which invests in nonprofit service providers and public agencies working to advance the social and economic mobility (SEM) of families.

Building on the foundation's national NextGen efforts, the initiative is designed to support organizations in Detroit — the first place-based NextGen city — that are committed to person-centered, outcomes-based, data-driven work that advances racial equity while improving outcomes for children and families living in poverty. Each of the participating organizations will receive $250,000 over two years, along with network-building opportunities and help with broad-spectrum action plans focused on long-term community impact.

Grantees include the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, which advocates for cultural and social entrepreneurship imbued with the values of community service, healthy lifestyles, education, and philanthropy; the Coalition on Temporary Shelter, which works to address homelessness by providing services that help foster self-sufficiency among homeless individuals; Matrix Human Services, which works to empower individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency and a better quality of life; Starfish Family Services, which assists families in creating brighter futures for their children; and the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, which seeks to empower people and communities to be strong, healthy, and thriving.

"Frontline providers in the human services sector play a critical role in advancing social and economic mobility," said Joelle Jude-Fontaine, senior program officer for Kresge's national Human Services program. "Over the next two years, these organizations will have the opportunity to learn from each other and national experts around the country and become a network that collectively works to integrate the delivery of services and supports to improve outcomes for children and families living in Detroit."

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