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SAY Detroit was founded in 2006 by best-selling author and journalist Mitch Albom. We are committed to working in our city’s neighborhoods, to providing opportunities where there are none, and to lifting our neediest when they stumble.
The SAY Detroit Play Center is a premier training center for young people to change their world, starting with themselves. We develop great readers and great people, and we rely on dedicated volunteers to help all of our members read at or above grade level.
The SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic is a free clinic, that provides examinations, maintenance and preventive healthcare for underinsured women and men.
About This Cause
What was once a shuttered recreation center is becoming a training center that looks and feels more like a college campus. From a state-of-the-art recording studio donated by Notes for Notes to a 7,000 square-feet digital learning center that we call ‘the Deep,’ to a new synthetic turf football field donated by Matthew Stafford, every corner of our 14 acres is designed to change the game for young people to inspire and guide them to success in college and life.
Young people ages 8 to 18 who want to become members must meet the following expectations:
Commit to earning at least a 3.0 GPA.
Turn in their report card every quarter to be accountable for their progress.
Set and achieve goals in school, extracurriculars or life.
Study for at least an hour in the Deep before doing anything else at the Center.
While at the Center, young people will be surrounded by tutors, coaches and other adults dedicated to their success who know and contagiously embody our four core values:
SAY DETROIT FAMILY HEALTH CLINIC:
Originally launched in December of 2008 by SAY Detroit and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries as the nation’s first free medical clinic devoted to homeless children and their mothers, the clinic has expanded its reach to adult patients with limited income, in transitional housing and employment situations, and who are homeless. Accepting patients from all over the Detroit area, the clinic averages more than 4,000 patient visits annually.