Rather, I wanted to highlight the young people you see in the picture that opens this blog. These were some of the reporters from Our Life in the D (www.ourlifeinthed.com), who shared personal stories related to information presented in the data. For example, reporter Lettie-Ann Miller discussed being a student with asthma, and reporter Sarah Vang talked about why more Detroit students are staying in school and graduating. Reporters Asher Clark and Baaqar Ellis weighed in on student health, writing about a new Subway at Central High School.
As taken directly from their website, “Our Life in the D is a multimedia training and leadership project intended to provide young people like us living in Detroit with this Web site and a voice as we explore issues we face in our communities. Our Life in the D has a special focus on the Skillman Foundation’s six Good Neighborhood communities that include Chadsey-Condon, Southwest Detroit, Cody-Rouge, Osborn, Northend-Central and Brightmoor.
Under the guidance of professional journalists, we and our partners like the reporters at Youth Neighborhood News will produce stories, videos and other media. In addition to learning storytelling and Web skills, we will have the chance to become emeshed in civic life, gaining an understanding of our roles as active citizens and how policies affect us and how we can affect policies.”
These are the voices we need to be listening to. Their perspectives on life in Detroit most often get drowned out and discarded. We speak about the importance of education for our children and our hope that, once educated, they will return and work to build our future success. If they are not listened to now, what reason will they have to return?
Jack Kresnak and Michigan’s Children have started something wonderful here. Go to the website. Support this effort in any way that you can. This program and the youth that are involved represent one more reason I LOVE DETROIT!