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Other Partners

Established in 2015, Detroit Future City (DFC) is a think-and-do-tank working to create a more equitable and sustainable future in Detroit. We are a leader in land use research and supporting Detroiters in the transformation of vacant land into community assets. As a member of the Detroit Tree Equity Partnership (DTEP), DFC is working on a pilot project with partners in two neighborhoods to develop community-driven practices to create neighborhood reforestation plans and to inform DTEP’s community engagement strategies. DFC brings deep understanding of Detroit’s history and culture, plus expertise in ecological planning and design to ensure DTEP plantings will support the creation of thriving, resilient neighborhoods for all.

Please visit the links below to learn more about Detroit Future City and the work we do.

Rescue MI Nature NOW (RMNN) is a local nonprofit focused on revitalizing urban communities by transforming neglected spaces into vibrant greenspaces. Our mission is to promote environmental stewardship, empower youth, and foster sustainable development practices.

Through our Sustainable Youth Stewardship Program, we engage local youth in the transformation process. Participants actively contribute to designing and implementing projects in their communities, learning valuable skills in Sustainability, Agriculture, Finance, and Entrepreneurship (S.A.F.E.). By involving youth in decision-making, we empower them to take ownership of their environment and become community leaders.

RMNN also revitalizes neglected structures, preventing urban decay and creating community assets. Our work extends beyond physical transformation; it’s about building stronger, more resilient communities. Collaboration with stakeholders, government agencies, and volunteers ensures lasting impact.

RMNN transforms neglected spaces into greenspaces, fostering community engagement and environmental stewardship. Through our youth program and commitment to revitalization, we create a brighter future for urban communities in Michigan.

The AmeriCorps Urban Safety program at Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies works to promote public health and safety in the City of Detroit. AMUS is designed to build a culture of neighborly communication and responsibility in the City of Detroit. In order to reduce crime in the area, AMUS works with local residents to create block clubs, facilitate a forum for residents to connect, and create neighborhood safety strategies. Members provide Home Safety Assessments that are also preventative and include the installation of smoke and CO2 alarms, door sensors, cameras, lighting, and deadbolt locks. Lead testing and cleaning kits are provided to minimize the risk of lead poisoning to youth and pregnant women. The program also supports personal safety by assisting domestic violence victims in obtaining personal protection orders, creating safe routes for students, advocating for the City of Detroit’s greenlight initiative and bridging the gap between local law enforcement and residents.