February 2011


This is our monthly email about The Detroit College Promise. We now offer financial incentives in the form of scholarships to all current Detroit Public School students to attend Michigan public colleges and universities. The deadline of December 1 has passed for high school students, but K-8 students in DPS are welcome to sign up today (visit, then click on Student Login, then New student signup). Us Encourage Students  

The Detroit College Promise has now launched its annual Letter of Encouragement campaign. The letters will be given to the 2,300 ninth grade students in the Detroit Public Schools who have registered with The Detroit College Promise.  The purpose of the letters is to give these students a glimpse of what a professional life might be like, and to let them know that many successful people have had to overcome major challenges to succeed, similar to the challenges they face.  The letters let students know that other people believe in them and that they need to believe in themselves.  The Detroit College Promise is asking everyone in Southeast Michigan to show a Detroit Public School student that someone believes in them, by writing a Letter of Encouragement.  This includes elected officials, CEOs, professionals from all disciplines, DPS staff and alumni, and anyone with a passion for improving Detroit.  For more information, go to, and then click on Links.   Letters have already been written by President Obama, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Alberto Retana, Governor Granholm, and others.


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We have posted a new video by Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh in which he talks about why he supports The Detroit College Promise, click here.


We have a new monthly Volunteer Newsletter, which describes opportunities to volunteer. Click here to subscribe to any of our newsletters.


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A Big Thank You!

Thanks to the Detroit Kiwanis Club #1 for the successful fundraiser they held for us at The Detroit Repertory Theatre. We encourage everyone to attend the meetings of the Detroit Kiwanis Club, held the first and third Tuesday every month at the Detroit Athletic Club on Madison in downtown Detroit. Contact Jim Heymes at 517/349-7589 or or Jeanette Harris at 248/752-7147 for more information.

Thanks to Wayne State University for donating hundreds of WSU T shirts for our 9th grade students and graduating seniors.

Thanks to Gabe Leland, Former Member, Michigan House of Representatives, District 10 (Detroit), for agreeing to serve on our advisory board.

Thanks to the following for endorsing our program:

Detroit School Board Vice President Tyrone Winfrey

Garry G. Carley, former Vice Chairman, Standard Federal Bank

Other endorsements are listed here.

Thanks to Richard & Harriett Cooper for their additional contribution, which puts them in the Believers category.
Good Things Are Happening At Detroit Public Schools

We've asked students to write stories about what makes their school special. This month, we'd like to highlight Renaissance High School in a story submitted to us by Neisha Stevenson:

"There are plenty of good things happening at Renaissance from Adopt-A-Family to food drives. There have also been talk shows recorded in the auditorium to church services every Sunday. Many people may know that Renaissance High School's band took a trip to Germany last school year; but people may not know that Renaissance's Dance Workshop took a trip to Miami last school year for a dance conference. The trip, of course, was meant for the dance workshop to work hard in dance classes, but it also brought us closer friendship wise as a whole. There was also another dance conference held in Los Angeles, California this school year. One of Renaissance High School's biggest dance concerts is entitled "In Collaboration." Collaboration is used as a fundraiser to help raise money for the dance conference.



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Support Your Favorite School 


We now have new option for you to dedicate your donation to fund scholarships at specific schools, both High Schools or Colleges/Universities. If you are paying by check simply write what school you'd like your donation to be used for, or if you donate online, send us an email letting us know your name and donation, and we will allocate the funds appropriately. Since we started this, our top two schools are Central, which has had $5,000 dedicated to scholarships, and Denby which has had $500 dedicated towards scholarships.  To make a donation, click on the Contribute button at the top or the Donate button at the bottom of our Home Page, or click here.  


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As many of you know, the Detroit College Promise is modeled after the Kalamazoo promise. There are several promise programs in the U.S. doing great things in their communities as well.  

To keep up to date on various Promise Promise programs in the US, email Some recent articles include:


95% of Promise-eligible high school graduates have gone to college 


The Pittsburgh Promise 


Newport News Virginia considers a Promise program 



pward Promise Programs Show Promise For Michigan


According to U.S. Census estimates, during 2005-2009, Kalamazoo was one of the few areas in the state to increase population, with a 12.5% increase in the number of residents in the Kalamazoo Public Schools district. The Kalamazoo Promise was given much of the credit by a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute. Click here for the article. Help support The Detroit College Promise to help Detroit's population grow also.



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Adopt a school

By participating in its PTA/LSCO, even if your children don't attend that school now. We believe that any school can be improved substantially if just 25 people are actively involved in its PTA/LSCO. Contact us for more information. 


Administrative Help 

We have a need for help in the office sending out mailings as well as minor data entry. Contact to set up a time if you're able to come to our office to help out! 


Additional Ways You Can Help

We added a few items to our "How Can I Help" list, on our Home Page. They are:

Volunteer with other organizations supporting DPS, including:

- DPS Volunteer Business Corps: call 313/870-3799 or click here 

- DPS Reading Corps (Help a Child Learn to read): click here 



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Contact Us:

The Detroit College Promise
30100 Telegraph Road, Suite 408
Bingham Farms, MI 48025

Telephone: (248) 646-3269
Fax: (248) 646-3119