During summer 2021, I have been working with GreenLight Fund Detroit; a nonprofit organization that aims to help transform the experiences of youth and families who are often underrepresented in the Detroit community. The organization tackles the economic and social mobility barriers faced by community members with a human-centered design approach. The approach involves identifying a critical need, selecting and investing in a highly effective national program that complements the local landscape, and galvanizing local support to ensure that the program is sustainable and makes a social impact.
The main theme of my project is focused on how GreenLight Fund Detroit can more effectively tell its story about the behind-the-scenes operations and the social impact that they have made thus far. Through better storytelling, GreenLight Fund Detroit can spread awareness about its inclusive and community-driven process, elevate the voices and opinions of program participants, and widely share the positive influence that its portfolio programs have had on the Detroit community.
One of the tasks that I have been working on consists of researching local organizations in Detroit. Through this research, I have been able to identify various narrative overlaps regarding topics such as racial equity, youth education development, recidivism, teacher retention, democratizing philanthropy, etc. We hope to find ways to engage with other local organizations and partners with similar values and goals in order to lift our work and messages together.